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.

Date Made: ca 1863Associated Date: 1861 - 1865

User: Mosby, John Singleton

Place Made: United States: Virginia

Subject: SlaveryRelated Event: Civil WarCivil War and Reconstruction


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Colonel John S. Mosby

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.11971Catalog Number: 11971Accession Number: 51962

Object Name: crutches, pair ofOther Terms: crutches, pair of; Equipment, Individual

Physical Description: wood (overall material)cotton (overall material)Measurements: 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


Record Id: nmah_433314

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