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J.E.B. Stuart

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart

Full Name: James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart
Profession: Confederate General

United States of America

Biography: A U.S. Army officer from Virginia and a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War. He was known to his friends as "Jeb", from the initials of his given names.

Stuart was a cavalry commander known for his mastery of reconnaissance and the use of cavalry in support of offensive operations. While he cultivated a cavalier image (red-lined gray cape, yellow sash, hat cocked to the side with an ostrich plume, red flower in his lapel, often sporting cologne), his serious work made him the trusted eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee's army and inspired Southern morale.

Born: February 6, 1833
Birthplace: Patrick County, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: May 12, 1864 (aged 31)
Cause of Death: Killed in action

Married Life

  • 1855-11-14 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart (22) weds Flora Cooke in Fort Riley, Kansas

Historical Events

  • 1862-06-15 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan"
  • 1862-10-12 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart completes his "second ride around McClellan"
  • 1864-05-11 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern