Saturday, August 21, 2010

Jeb Stuart's Cavalry Hat

Historian James M. McPherson described Stuart in his book Battle Cry of Freedom as "the dashing, romantic, bearded, plumed, and deadly efficient* colonel of a cavalry regiment..."

James Ewell Brown Stuart was born at his parent’s home, Laurel Hill, near Ararat, VA on February 6, 1833. He attended West Point, had a brief career with the U. S. and then C. S. armies, and his life ended at the age of 31 as a Major General and Commander of Cavalry in the Army of Northern Virginia, one of General Robert E. Lee's favorite and most talented lieutenants. Lee nicknamed Stuart "My Young Major General."