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Lighthouse Books, ABAA | Rare books | Florida originally shared:
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It is the birthday of colorful Civil War figure John Singleton Mosby (1833), who commanded a Confederate unit in Virginia known as Mosby’s Rangers, which gained a reputation for its lightning-fast raids and its ability to elude Union troops and disappear into the countryside among farmers and ranchers. Mosby became known as The Gray Ghost. After the war, Mosby worked in the presidential campaign of Ulysses S. Grant and served as U.S. consul to Hong Kong. In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway called Mosby the best cavalry officer of the Civil War. Does anybody remember the TV show based on Mosby’s exploits?
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As many poems of the era, For Whom the Bell Tolls is long. I’m leaving my favorite excerpt from it here, you can follow the above link to see it in its entirety. This is a powerful message in this prose. He believes we are all connected. “Any man’s death diminishes me…”  I wonder if we all felt this way if it would make a difference. Would we be kinder to one another? I guess I can only wonder.  Enjoy  🙂
 
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For Whom The Bell Tolls by John Donne
 No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece
of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by
the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s
death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and
therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for
thee.
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