Civil War Battlefield Tour lets alumni follow exploits of the 'Gray Ghost'

August 26, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- Civil War buffs will have an opportunity to follow the path of legendary Confederate colonel John Singleton Mosby this fall as part of the 12th annual Penn State Alumni Civil War Battlefield Tour, Oct. 14-17 in Dulles, Va. Nationally-known military historian Carol Reardon will lead the battlefield tour. Reardon is a Penn State George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center scholar-in-residence, and the award-winning author of Pickett's Charge in History and Memory. Reardon will be joined on the faculty by cavalry and Mosby historians and authors Horace Mewborn, Robert O'Neill, Jr., and Jeffry Wert. The extensive three-day tour of "Mosby's Confederacy" will visit the sites of many of the greatest exploits of the Confederate colonel, known as the "Gray Ghost." As an added feature, the tour will also explore three traditional cavalry battles about which Mosby wrote -- Upperville, Aldie, and Middleburg, which were fought in June 1863 as Robert E. Lee moved north into Pennsylvania. Although small in stature and frail of frame, Mosby's tactical brilliance and audacity drew to him a band of partisan rangers that became a force with which to be reckoned. So successful were his daring raids on Union supply lines and communications in northern Virginia that the entire region came to be called "Mosby's Confederacy." The battlefield tour also will feature a partner program for those accompanying a tour participant but not partaking in the battlefield tour. Highlights of the partner program include a visit to historic Oatlands plantation in the center of Virginia's horse country, a wine tasting and tour at the Naked Mountain Winery, a spa visit, and optional horseback riding at the Marriott Ranch. Any person interested in participating in the battlefield tour is encouraged to register. Discounted prices are available for members of the Penn State Alumni Association. For additional information or to register, please contact Mary Jane Stout by e-mail at, or call 800-548-5466, option 5. Alumni Outreach links alumni to the many continuing education products and services of the University, including advanced degrees, career development, conferences, online education, professional training, and study tours. A collaborative effort of the Penn State Alumni Association and Penn State Outreach, Alumni Outreach can be found online at

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