Brig. Gen. Littleberry Mosby

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Littleberry Mosby

Birthplace: Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Littleberry Mosby and Elizabeth Mosby
Husband of Hannah Elizabeth Mosby and Mary Page Mosby
Father of Elizabeth Scott Trueheart; Littleberry Mosby, III; John Wade Mosby; Robert C. Mosby; Dewitt Clinton Mosby and 6 others
Brother of Benjamin Mosby; Sarah Cannon; John Mosby; Mary Hughes; Richard Mosby and 2 others
Half brother of Betty Ann Carrington; Martha Scott; Judith Michaux Smith; Benjamin Mosby; Jacob Michaux Mosby and 1 other

Occupation: Powhatan County Representative in Virginia House of Delegates (1802-1804), Soldier, Brigadeer General
Managed by: Ben M. Angel, still catching up
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About Brig. Gen. Littleberry Mosby

Littleberry C. Mosby Jr. (January 28, 1757 – October 26, 1821) was an American military officer. During the American Revolutionary War, he served in the Continental Army as a captain in the 2nd Georgia Regiment, and was captured at the Siege of Savannah in 1778. After his release, he served as a major commanding a cavalry battalion in the Virginia militia. During the War of 1812, he was a brigadier general in the Virginia militia.[1][2] The son of Colonel Littleberry Mosby Sr.,[3] he lived his entire life at Mosby Tavern in Cumberland County, Virginia/Powhatan County, Virginia, Powhatan County having been created from the eastern portion of Cumberland County in May 1777.

In October 1776, serving as a captain, Mosby led the Virginia Line company recruited at Mosby Tavern in Cumberland County, Virginia. In the winter of 1776–77, they marched to Savannah, Georgia, remaining in the area under the command of Robert Howe until the capture of Savannah by Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell in December 1778.[5]

In April 1780,[6] Mosby, again serving as a captain, raised a volunteer company of cavalry, which included his brother Wade as second lieutenant, and Horatio Turpin as first lieutenant.[7] Records show that in 1780 and 1781 Mosby was captain of a cavalry company in service at Petersburg, Virginia.[8]

Soon after, Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson wrote Mosby[9] to raise all the cavalry he could and go to the aid of General Lafayette. Mosby called on his former lieutenants, Wade Mosby and Horatio Turpin, to each raise a company, while Littleberry led the battalion as major.

A typed summary in Mosby's pension application summarizes his Revolutionary War service:


Littleberry Mosby, Junior, was a captain and paymaster of Colonel Samuel Elbert’s 2" Regiment of Georgia troops; he was captured at Savannah, Georgia, in December, 1778, held a prisoner twelve months, then furloughed home to Virginia. While on furlough, at the request of Mr. Jefferson, the Governor of Virginia, he raised about sixty men and joined General Baron Steuben at Petersburgh [Petersburg], and after the battle of Petersburgh, he was under General Lafayette until the siege of York.[10]


Mosby also served throughout the War of 1812, reaching the rank of brigadier general in the Virginia militia.[1][2] He retired in late 1815 or early 1816.

In 1779, Mosby married Hannah "Eliza" Scott, the daughter of General Charles Scott. They had five children:

  • 1. Elizabeth,
  • 2. Littleberry III,
  • 3. John Wade,
  • 4. Robert C., and
  • 5. Dewitt Clinton.

On November 23, 1789, Mosby married Mary Page Haskins. They had six children:

  • 1. Elbert Edward,
  • 2. Sally Sarah,
  • 3. Martha Finney,
  • 4. Mary Page,
  • 5. Lucy Ann, and
  • 6. Benjamin Clinton.[12]

Mosby, a lifelong Virginian, was disappointed that many of his children left the area. In his will, he left his estate to his oldest son, Littleberry III, on the condition that he return to Virginia to claim it. Littleberry III died in Columbia, Tennessee, and so the estate instead passed to Mosby's brother, Edward.[2]


Littleberry Mosby , of Powhatan Co. , will of; dated May 21, 1821 .

  • Executors to sell tract of land adjoining town of Scottville and out of proceeds of said sale to pay all debts, balance arising from said sale (if any) after payment of debts to be equally divided among testators children now alive.
  • Property heretofore given to daughter Elizabeth Trueheart , decd. confirmed to her heirs.
  • Property heretofore given to son Edward Mosby confirmed to him & his heirs.
  • To sons Benj. Mosby , Dewitt Mosby , and John Wade Mosby , three fifths of tract of land on which testator now lives to be so laid off as to include his dwelling house, mill and all land lying on North side of Deep Creek to be divided among them equally, when Benj. shall have arrived to the age of twenty one years.
  • To sons Robert Mosby and Elbert Mosby remaining two fifths tract of land on which testator lives. To sons Benj. Dewitt , and John Wade , a yellow girl, named Kitty who is to remain with them for the purpose of taking care of them, to be equally divided among them with her increase when Benjamin shall have arrived at the age of twenty one years.
  • "Should my son Littleberry not return to Virginia , I give to my son Edward that portion of my estate bequeathed to him (Littleberry ) in the condition of his return".
  • Residue of estate not heretofore bequeathed to be equally divided among children hereafter named (viz) Robert , Elbert, Benj. , Dewitt , John Wade , Martha F. Booker , Sally Munford , Mary Page , Lucy Ann and Littleberry "provided he returns again to Virginia ".
  • Having given my daughter Sally Munford two negroes, viz. Joe and Mary , on division of testators negroes she be permitted to retain them at valuation; and also daughter Martha F. Booker be permitted at the same time and on the same terms to retain a. negro girl now in her possession named Venus .
  • Having given daughter Elizabeth Trueheart , decd. her full portion of my estate, should any of testators children die before having arrive to lawful age or having been married their estate be divided among the surviving children of my last marriage.
  • Brother Benjamin Mosby to take the management of testators son Benjamin and daughter Martha F. Booker to take the management of sd. testators two sons Dewitt and John Wade . No appraisement to be made of estate.
  • Brother Benj. Mosby , son-in-law Edward Munford and Merit Booker , and son Robert Mosby (when of lawful age) executors.
  • Witnesses-Th. Miller , Um Steger , Francis Steger .
  • Probated 15, Nov. 1721 . Merit H. Booker qualified as executor. W. B. 6, p. 208.


Marriage Bond Dan'l. Scott to Patty Mosby . Th. Turpin Jr. security. Nov. 16, 1791 .

Departed this life on the 1st inst, at his residence in Powhatan , and in the 64th year of his age, Gen. Littlebury Mosby . This gentleman volunteered when very young in the military service of his country, and was during our revolutionary war, in several campaigns in the southern states. He was a Lieutenant in the Continental line in that desperate engagement in Oct, 1779 , usually called the Siege of Savannah , by the combined French and American forces, and was subsequently with Gen. Lincoln at the capitulation of Charleston . Having remained some time a prisoner of war, he resigned his commission, which was then that of a captain, and returned to his native state. General Mosby afterwards, at the request of the Governor of Virginia , raised a volunteer troop of cavalry to aid in opposing the invasion of Phillips and Arnold ; and with that troop rendered such essential service, that he received for himself and company the thanks of the executive. On account of his military services he was some time subsequently to the revolution appointed Colonel of the Militia of Powhatan ; and finally in 1802 , was promoted by the Legislature to the command of the 4th brigade of the militia in the state-which station he held until, the end of the last conflict with Great Britain . This gentleman in civil life, acted for many years as a vigilant magistrate of his county, and represented it several times in the House of Delegates. As a friend he was sincere without much profession; he was hospitable according to the good old Virginia mode, without any ostentation or parade about it. He was affectionate and kind in all his domestic relations, as father, husband, and brother-and a humane master. The writer of this small tribute of respect to his memory is well aware of the fashion nowadays to eulogize extravagantly the characters of departed friends: he thinks the practice much to be regretted; and therefore in what he now says has obstained from anything more than the simple truth. To speak that on such an occasion he considers due to one who was, when living, his firm friend; and by whose efforts, combined with those of all the other heroes and patriots of the Revolution, he enjoys the inestimable blessing, under a kind Providence, of living in a free country protected by a mild and independent government. Enq. Oct. 26, 1821


Notes for LITTLEBERRY MOSBY, JR.: Littleberry Mosby, Jr., married first Elizabeth, daughter of General Charles Scott, married second May Haskins per Mosby Family Bible Records, 1765-1896, Powhatan County, VA transcribed on Rootsweb archives website

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