Reconstruction Period Research Forum
Re: Were Confederate guerillas active in KKK?
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Yes, I agree that Mosby himself was an unlikely Klan member. He soon returned to practicing law after the Civil War and antagonized many former friends and neighbors when he joined the Republicans. I have read that during the war Mosby issued letters of certification to his guerilla fighters to distinguish them from deserters, bushwackers, and bandits who claimed to belong to Mosby's Rangers.
I am curious about his embittered neighbors, friends, and followers in northern Virginia, where my ancestors lived until about 1878. My relatives lived near and probably worked for several slaveholding families that actively supported the Confederate guerillas. Even a "southern lady" like Amanda Virginia Edmonds was vehement in expressing her hatred for abolitionists, "unfaithful slaves," and Union soldiers. When Booth assassinated Lincoln, she wrote in her journal "God bless him for that brave act."