Colonel Mosby's Lost Treasure

Colonel Mosby's Lost Treasure

The year is 1863 and the American Civil War is well underway. Colonel John Mosby, a Confederate, is raiding Union positions. Mosby and his men, nicknamed Mosby’s Rangers, were famed for their skill in attacking, doing their damage, and disappearing. His exploits earned Mosby the moniker of The Grey Ghost.

The story of Mosby’s lost treasure begins with the capture of Brigadier General Edwin H. Stoughton. As the story goes, Mosby got the drop on Stoughton, taking him and his men prisoner. He found Stoughton in bed, asleep, and woke him up with a slap on the butt. ”Do you know Mosby, General?” Mosby asked. The General replied “Yes! Have you got the rascal?” “No,” said Mosby. “He’s got you!”

Along with the soldiers, Mosby and his men discovered a cache of treasure looted by the Union soldiers from local homes. As legend has it, it was gold, silver, and other valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, a massive sum for the day.

The North always had the advantage in money and resources, so this treasure could have gone a long way to helping the South. Yet it was not to be. Before Mosby could get his prisoners and plunder to safety, he got word of a large Union detachment headed their way. Presumably needing to lighten their load to speed their escape, Mosby ordered his men to bury the treasure between two large pine trees, a spot he marked with knife.

For whatever reason, Mosby never returned to try and retrieve the treasure he’d hidden. By all accounts, all that gold and silver is still here. I’d imagine the two large pine trees are long gone, but if you find the knife Mosby used as a marker, you’re probably getting close.
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Air Prelude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


  1. c. clark on October 10, 2022 at 9:18 am

    mosbys raiders hanged one of my great grandfathers behind his house where apparently his wife and kids found him, it is recorded in the history of the cowne family of virginia, mosby’s men killed him for not joining the raiders after the war. mosby sucks.

  2. Fourtartisthehe on October 10, 2022 at 9:32 am

    God my great great grandpa had treasure wow. Very cool

  3. brian massey on October 10, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Arent people claiming the Treasure is said to be buried somewhere within the Court House or outside the area somewhere??? I’m confused. The storyteller keeps retracting that the treasure is buried near the Courthouse.

  4. Mr. Bill of course. on October 10, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Spring is here. Hope to some digging this year. Haven’t been able to do much since my breaking my hip 3 years ago.

  5. Justin’s Corner on October 10, 2022 at 9:56 am

    do we know this is 100% a fact?

  6. Mazadanc Oseben on October 10, 2022 at 10:05 am

    We have to find it
    Just like the treasure in Jaigarh fort

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