John Singleton Mosby - the "Gray Ghost"

Letter to from Mosby to Chinn dated August 15, 1901, on a Department of the Interior letterhead written from Akron, Colorado. “Chinn ” likely was Benton Chinn a member of his Civil War company and "longtime Eastern factotum"  (factotum - a servant employed to do a variety of jobs). See Benton Chinn obituary below.

The letter reads, in part:
“I arrived here a week ago. This [Akron] is a station on the Burlington road—112 miles east of Denver. The climate is delicious—like Virginia in October. My companions are cowboys—coyotes—& cattle. I hope to be transferred & have my headquarters at Denver very soon…I wrote to Miss Kate about sending my portrait to Clarke’s to be framed.


Miscellaneous excerpt:
In May 1902 the Rattler reported “U.S. Land Inspector Col. Mosby, of Washington, arrived in Haigler [Nebr] Tuesday night.”


Newspaper article, source unknown:



Benton Chinn Obituary



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