Lot 619

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Saddle of Civil War agent William Leslie Moseby mid-late 19th century, long tooled leather skirt flanking seat with high horn and steep cantle, straps with iron buckles; also including stirrups, bridle and girth; all pieces unmarked.
approximate L19" W15" (3pcs)

Provenance: Pennsylvania private collection.
Aquired from the Estate of "Colonel" William L. Moseby accompanied with documentation from the estate.

Other Notes: "Colonel" William L. Moseby or Mosby (1836-1921) was born in Rappahannock County Virginia and reportedly served in the Confederate Army as a spy against Union troops in Pennsylvania, though his biography is steeped in folklore. Various reports state that he was a cousin of the famous Colonel John Mosby and according to several newspaper articles he served as a Lieutenant in his cousin's 43rd battalion, although this has not been proven. He was supposedly given the task by General Robert E. Lee to operate as a scout in Southern Pennsylvania by signaling Grant's movements to Confederate troops. Family reports state that throughout the war he acted as a double-agent and stories exist of his travel to the Northern parts of Pennsylvania trading information about Southern troop movements with the Northern troops in order to secure quinine to sell back to the Southern camps where he would also relay information about Northern troop movements. After some time he became expertly familiar with the Tuscarora region of Pennsylvania. Legend has it that during an Army raid he apparently became separated from his fellow troops and happened upon a cabin that housed a beautiful young woman with whom he immediately fell in love and decided to abandon his war career. He spent the remainder of his life in Fulton County Pennsylvania where he was a famous and controversial figure even after his death.

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September 11, 2011 1:00 PM EDT
West Columbia, SC, US

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