MAJOR GENERAL JAMES EWELL BROWN "JEB" STUART - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/17/1862 - HFSID 294844
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J. E. B. "JEB" STUARTDemanding carbines for his men, Stuart writes an insistent letter to Porter Alexander as he readies his cavalry for the first of their many daring raids behind Union lines. Autograph Letter signed: "J. E. B. Stuart", 1 page, 3¾x6. Headquarters, Cavalry Brigade [Army of Northern Virginia], 1862 May 17. To "Dear Major" [E. Porter Alexander. Chief of Ordnance]. In full: "Have you done anything for that Blakely yet? Please attend to it at once as we are almost in daily use of it. I need carbines of long range, do make an effort to procure me a few hundred or even one or two. The 6th N[orth] C[arolina] vol[unteers] has 10, and other Inf[antr]y reg[imen]ts 20 [more], & various other non-combatants are thoroughly armed & equipped. Eradicate & eliminate for the cavalry." James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Stuart (1833-1864), called Jeb by his friends and by history, graduated from West Point in 1854, serving on the Western frontier. He participated in the capture of John Brown at Harper's Ferry. He served the Confederacy, first under General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and then as General Robert E. Lee's chief cavalry commander in the Army of Northern Virginia. When he wrote this letter, Stuart was commanding the cavalry brigade under General Joseph Johnston, defending Richmond against Union General George McClellan's large-scale (but timid) drive up the Yorktown Peninsula. In early June, Robert E. Lee took command from the injured Johnston and assumed the offensive, fighting a series of battles over seven days which convinced McClellan to withdraw his forces. During Lee's counter-attack, Stuart made the first of his many daring and generally successful raids behind Union lines, becoming a Confederate hero. Stuart, known for his audacity, his skill at reconnaissance, and his dashing uniform, fought in all the major battles of the Eastern command up to his death at the Battle of Yellow Tavern (May 11, 1864). During the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville (May 1863), Stuart ably commanded Jackson's infantry corps after its commander was taken from the field mortally wounded. Historians still debate Stuart's role in the Gettysburg campaign (July 1864), when anothersweeping raid behind Union lines took him out of contact with Lee's army, depriving the Confederate commander of crucial intelligence. Although something of a scapegoat at Gettysburg, Stuart's overall military skill is undisputed, making him one of the uncontested heroes of the "Lost Cause." Edward Porter Alexander (1835-1910), even younger than Stuart, would himself become one of South's outstanding military leaders, commander of its artillery at Gettysburg and becoming a general himself by war's end. One vertical and two horizontal folds. Slightly creased. Slight foxing. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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