Confederate Major General - Graduated from West Point in 1854 and served in the Mounted Rifles until he joined the Confederacy in 1861. As a cavalry officer, he gained fame and respect of Gen. Robert E. Lee. In 1862, Stuart took command of Lee's mounted units. In May of 1863, Stuart served as a temporary but extremely competent replacement for Stonewall Jackson. During the Battle of Gettysburg while taking advantage of ambiguous orders, Stuart embarked on a controversial raid on the Union Army, causing him to arrive after the battle was nearly over. On May 11, 1864, at Yellow Tavern, Virginia Stuart was wounded and died.
Jeb Stuart was born on Feb.6, 1833 in Patrick County,
Virginia. His full name is James Ewell Brown Stuart. He graduated 13th in his
class from the United States Military Academy.
He served in Kansas from 1855 - 1861 on the frontier land, but in 1861 he quit
the U.S. Army and joined the Confederacy. When he joined, he was in the rank of
captain, but in late 1862 he was given the rank of major general.
In June 1863, at the start of Gettysburg, Stuart was not there until the second
day. Some historians say that if Stuart had been there the first day that the
Confederate outcome might have been different. Stuart was wounded severely at
Yellow Tavern, Virginia in the battle for Richmond and died the next day in
Richmond on May 11, 1864.
Stuart was considered the "eyes of Lee's army" and never brought Lee
the wrong information. He was a genius at using cavalry as a scouting arm. He
fought in the Battles of Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Antietam, and
Fredericksburg. He was distinguished in the first Battle of Bull Run. He served
with Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville and took over Jackson's troops when
he was killed. Stuart became famous for his 2 rides around McClellan. He took
his cavalry all the way around the Union Army.
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