Pauline Mariah <I>Clarke</I> Mosby

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Pauline Mariah Clarke Mosby

Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
Death 10 May 1876 (aged 39)
Burial Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 6083013 · View Source
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Wife of Colonel John Singleton Mosby. The daughter of a prominent Kentucky lawyer. She was said to be a woman as spirited and intelligent as her husband. In the spring of 1876, after the birth of her ninth child, Pauline Mosby died, leaving six children and a crushed forty-three-year-old widower. John Singleton Mosby never remarried.

Part of a letter from John Singleton Mosby to Pauline early in the Civil War;


Camp Cooper, November 21, 1861.

My dearest Pauline:

On Monday I participated in what is admitted to have been the most dashing feat of the war. Col. Lee took about 80 men out on a scout, – hearing where a company of about the same number of Yankees were on picket, we went down and attacked. They were concealed in a pine thicket, where one man ought to have been equal to ten outside. We charged right into them and they poured a raking fire into our ranks. Fount Beattie and myself, in the ardor of pursuit, had gotten separated some distance from our main body, when we came upon two Yankees in the woods. We ordered them to surrender, but they replied by firing on us. One of the Yankees jumped behind a tree and was taking aim at Fount when I leveled my pistol at him, but missed him. He also fired, but missed Fount, though within a few feet of him. I then jumped down from my horse and as the fellow turned to me I rested my carbine against a tree and shot him dead. He never knew what struck him. Fount fired at one with his pistol, but missed. A South Carolinian came up and killed the other. . . . The man I killed had a letter in his pocket from his sweetheart Clara. . . . They were of the Brooklyn Zouaves and fought at Manassas.


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 11 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6083013
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pauline Mariah Clarke Mosby (30 Mar 1837–10 May 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6083013, citing Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .