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LLI: The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereWednesday, Apr 01, 2020 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Lg Rehearsal Hall, Science and Technology Campus

Speaker: David M. Goetz

10:00 a.m. - refreshments
10:30 a.m.- noon - speaker

Mr. Goetz’s presentation is based on his book, Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia: The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant. He will explore the profound and dynamic post-war relationship between these two former enemies from the War Between the States and how their individual desire for peace and reconciliation between North and South during Reconstruction was the common bond between them, and how over the course of their friendship they helped one another. After Grant’s death from throat cancer in 1885, Mosby continued to benefit from his old friend’s help for many years, serving as an attorney with the Southern Pacific Railroad, as a land agent for the Interior Department and as an assistant attorney for the Justice Department until his retirement in 1910 and subsequent death from cancer in 1916. Copies of Mr. Goetz's book will be available for purchase.

David Goetz owns Mosby’s Confederacy Tours and leads tours in “Mosby’s Confederacy,” including Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren and Clarke. Mr. Goetz is descended from the family of Chaplain Father James M. Graves, a Jesuit priest who served with Generals Joe Johnston and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Virginia in 1861-62. He is a past commander of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fauquier County, currently serves as vice-president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and is a member of the Fauquier Historical Society board of directors. Mr. Goetz has a professional background in public relations, sales and marketing, primarily with non-profit organizations. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and a master’s in community development from the University of Louisville. He is a U.S. Army veteran, received an Honorable Discharge, and lives in Culpeper County.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit

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