John Singleton Mosby did not fit the image of the brawny, military superstar. Born near Richmond on Dec. 6, 1833, he wasn’t expected to live through childhood. Always a sickly and frail child, he was often bullied by classmates. As an adult, he was shorter than average and weighed about 125 pounds. In group photos, he is the thinnest man in the picture.
Richard S. Lyles 1st Lieutenant, Co. H, 10th Texas Cavalry. He was killed in action on March 31, 1865, presumably at Mobile Ala, having just received the rank of Captain as a result of the death of Capt T.W. Summers. A friend from his unit returned his New Testament Bible to his wife in Rusk County after the war.
This image is one of the most misidentified photographs published about the Civil War. Usually referred to as ‘young Confederates off to war’ it actually shows members of Company A, First Virginia Infantry, the “Richmond Grays,” at John Brown’s execution in 1859. The Valentine Museum