Frederick Busch  arrived in Hong Kong in 1843 and opened the US Consulate in his capacity as the first American Consul. This is the same year when Henry Pottinger took up office as the first governor. Not much information on Busch surfaced to this point, except that he complained time and again that very few American ships had stopped in Hong Kong and all the business was in China and Shanghai. In fact, American merchants in Canton in those days described Hong Kong as a "dog's hole" where no business was transacted.
John Singleton Mosby (b.1833-d.1916) was born in Powhatan County, Virginia, and grew up on a farm near Charlottesville in the Virginia Piedmont. After studying at the University of Virginia, and reading law while serving a jail sentence for shooting a fellow student, he was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1854. In the election of 1860 he was a Douglas Democrat and a supporter of the Union, but upon the secession of Virginia he entered the Confederate military service under cavalry Colonel J.E.B. Stuart. With the consent of Stuart and R.E. Lee he subsequently formed an independent cavalry unit – the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, Partisan Rangers - which operated behind Union lines in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, which region became known as "Mosby's Confederacy." The unit was noted for its lightning quick raids, partisan or ranger-like tactics and Mosby's ability to successfully elude his Union Army pursuers and disappear with his men, blending in with local farmers and townspeople, hence the “Gray Ghost” nickname.
Mosby and his men carried out the Greenback Raid and attacked Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan's wagon train at Berryville in 1863.
- The Memoirs of John Singleton Mosby, by John Singleton Mosby, edited by Charles W. Russell
- Rebel: The Life and Times of John Singleton Mosby, by Kevin H. Siepel/ Peter A. Brown (INT)/ Benjamin F. Cooling (INT)/ Eugene McCarthy (FRW)
- Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby by James Ramage
 Not be mistaken with America’s most prolific writers of fiction long and short under the same name. Frederick Busch, the writer, was born more than a century later than the diplomat Busch and is the father of Major Benjamin Busch, US Marine. The young Busch is famous for his portrayal of Anthony Colicchio on the HBO original series 'The Wire'.________________________________
The notes put forward by the Great-Great Grandchild of Frederick Busch, whom I have mistaken as the first US Consul stationed in Hong Kong, had me working again on the matters relating to the early US diplomatic agents sent to Hong Kong. Here are some updates:
Thomas Westbrook Waldron (b. May 21, 1814, New Hampshire - d. September 18, 1844, Macau) was indeed the US Consul in Hong Kong in 1843. He was tabled as Consul in Hong Kong in the 1843 “Register of All Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in The Service of the United States”, prepared by the Department of States. There was, however, no mention of his place of birth in the table. It was further remarked that he was to be paid by “fee” (meaning reimbursement of expenses he incurred on consular affairs) rather than a fixed salary. This is what I interpreted: Waldron, a ship captain’s clerk in his own right, happened to be in Hong Kong right at the time a Consul was needed. The appointment was most probably a marriage of convenience. As can be seen in a story carried in the Friend of China of February 3, 1844, Waldron arrived in Hong Kong without the official diplomatic credentials.
We notice the arrival in Hong Kong of Thomas W Waldron, U S Government Agent, with stores for the U S Squadron.
We understand he is to be Consul in Hong Kong and only awaits the arrival of his credentials to take up the office.
Waldron died on September 18, 1844 after contracting cholera in Macau where he was said to travel to on official business. Considering that he had not had his official papers in February that same year, his short-lived tenure as US Consul lasted no more than six months. Son of Nathaniel Sheafe Waldron and Virginia Riggs, Thomas W. came from an old New Hampshire family. His Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Col. Richard Waldron (b.1650-d.1730) of the New Hampshire militia married Hannah Cutt, daughter of John Cutt, the first President of the royal Province of New Hampshire. Cutt married the daughter of Dr. Comfort Starr, a founder of the Harvard University.
Here are information on some of the US Consuls and Consul Generals appointed to Hong Kong up until the collapse of the Qing China.
May 24, 1853- January 22, 1862 James Keenan
1862-1865 Horace N. Congar (b.1817 - d.1893)
1869 - Col. C.N. Goulding
1871 - David H. Baily
1879 - John S. Mosby
1886 - R.E. Withers
1890 - Oliver H. Simons
1893 - William E. Hunt
1897 - Rounsevelle Wildman, Consul General
1901 - William A. Rublee, Consul General
1902 - Edward S. Bragg, Consul General
1906 - Amos P. Wilder
1909 - William A. Rublee, Consul General
1911 - George E. Anderson, Consul General