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The Gray Ghost

Title Card - The Gray Ghost

Syndicated
1957 - 1958
Drama
30 Minutes

Military adventure set during the Civil War about the true story of Major John Singleton Mosby (Tod Andrews), a Confederate officer whose lightning swift raids on the Union Army and his elusive nature  earned him the nickname "The Gray Ghost." Mosby took orders from General J.E.B.Stuart (Sherwood Price).

“We took our men from Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia; from the mountains and the backwoods and the plains. We put them under orders — guerrilla fighting orders, and what we lacked in numbers, we made up in speed and brains. Both Rebs and Yankee strangers, they called us ‘Mosby’s Rangers.’ Both North and South they knew our fame. Gray Ghost is what they called me; John Mosby is my name.” -- Opening Narration

Other men in Mosby's command included:

  • Phil Chambers as Sergeant Myles Magruder, Mosby's tobacco-chewing sidekick
  • Phil Cambridge as Lt. St. Clair one of the Major's best men.
  • Gene Persson as Danny Moore, a young recruit.

Tod Andrews as THE GRAY GHOST

As Mosby and his Rangers fought the Union, they encountered many people and had many adventures. Here are a few of their exploits:

  • The Union sends a young woman to infiltrate Mosby's forces.
  • Mosby enlist the aid of a Union doctor to help his men.
  • Mosby negotiates the release of General Robert E. Lee's son.
  • A young lady's watch contains Union Troop movements intel.
  • Mosby crosses union lines to procure much needed drugs.
  • The smell of fried chicken lures Union soldiers away from post.
  • A Cherokee Indians helps Mosby deliver horses to the Rebels.
  • Mosby aids a pregnant woman whose husband is to hanged.
  • Mosby tries to procure food from a Union farmer.
  • Mosby helps southern photographer get images of Union fort.
  • A London Times reporter accompanies Mosby on a raid.
  • Mosby interrogates a captured Union Navy Admiral.
  • Mosby plans a raid on General Grant's (Hugh Sanders) train.
  • Mosby must crack a code to reveal message of a secret attack.
  • Mosby matches wits with a master Northern spy.
  • A vengeful big game hunter tracks Mosby for killing his son.
  • Mosby procures medical supplies for an emergency hospital.
  • A group with small pox threatens the safety of Rebel soldiers.
  • A Union Senator is not pleased when Mosby disrupts a picnic.
  • Mosby swaps prisoners with a Union General.


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TRIVIA NOTE:  The 39 episode series was based on the book "Gray Ghosts and Rebel Raiders" by Virgil Carrington Jones (who served as technical advisor on the series) about an actual young lawyer who joined the 43rd battalion of the first Virginia Cavalry and soon became a successful Civil War guerrilla fighter. The real Major Mosley (who died in 1920) served in the US Congress.

Mosby's story was retold in Disney's Mosby's Marauders (1967) starring Jack Ging as Lt. John Singleton Mosby.

Obituaries: Tod Andrews: 11/06/1972; Phil Chambers: 01/16/1993


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