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James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart

Date of Birth:      February 6, 1833
Hometown:         Patrick County, VA
Education:           West Point, 1854
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     May 11, 1864
Place of Death:    Yellow Tavern (Richmond), VA
Buried At:            Richmond, VA

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Battle of Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign, Yellow Tavern

Interesting Fact(s):    After graduating, from West Point, in 1854, Stuart would serve in the 1st Cavalry, on the Kansas frontier.  During John Brown's raid, at Harpers Ferry, Stuart would serve with R.E. Lee, in recapturing the fort.  With the secession, of Virginia, Stuart would resign his U.S. Army commission, and enter Confederate service as the colonel of the 1st Virginia Cavalry.  Assigned to Joseph E. Johnston, in the Shenandoah Valley, Stuart would quickly become known for his flamboyance, courage, and daring exploits.  After the Battle of First Manassas, he would be promoted to brigadier general.  He would go on to fight bravely, in the Peninsula Campaign, but would start to show signs, of his future greatness, during the Seven Days.  Ordered by R.E. Lee, to reconnoiter the Union Army of the Potomac, he would ride all the way around it.  This would be an embarrassment to George B. McClellan, and would launch Stuart to celebrity status.  Promoted major general, in July 1862, he would command a division of cavalry, and would soon be commanding the entire cavalry corps.  His daring raids, and surveillance, would provide Robert Lee, the intelligence he needed, to bring many a Union commanding general, to swift defeat.  After Thomas Jackson's wounding, at Chancellorsville, 2nd Corps command would pass from A.P. Hill, to Stuart - a command he performed very adroitly, through the close of the battle.  He would serve in the Army of Virginia, until his death, in May 1864, at the Battle of Yellow Tavern - a cavalry battle of U.S. Grant's Overland Campaign.  Only letting R.E. Lee down once, during the Gettysburg Campaign, Stuart would become a Confederate martyr, similar to Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

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