John Mosby's Crutches

Physical Description
Hand-carved wood.
Specific History
These crutches were used by John Mosby during the Civil War. Mosby stated, “These crutches were made for me during the war by a slave named Isaac who belonged to my father. They were first used in August 1863 when I went home wounded. My mother kept them for me and I again used them in September 1864 & December 1864.” General Robert E. Lee once said to Mosby, after seeing him on crutches at his headquarters, “The only fault I have to find with your conduct, Colonel Mosby, is that you are always getting wounded.”
General History
John Mosby was wounded on August 24, 1863. He was shot through the side and thigh as he attacked the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry, which had halted to water the horses at Billy Gooding's Tavern on the Little River Turnpike in Virginia. He was carried into the woods and was attended to by Doctor W. L. Dunn. Due to the painful nature of his wounds, Mosby was slow to travel so he was carried into the pines and concealed as the pursuing federal troops passed through searching for him. Once clear of the danger, Mosby returned to the South to recuperate.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1863
associated date
1861 - 1865
Mosby, John Singleton
Place Made
United States: Virginia
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 52 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 133.35 cm x 21.59 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Colonel John S. Mosby
related event
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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