MAJOR GENERAL JAMES EWELL BROWN "JEB" STUART - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH NOTE - HFSID 300024
Sale Price $5,100.00
Note handwritten as a lieutenant in the US Army, on duty at Fort Riley, Kansas Territory, signed in the text and accompanied by the original $3 bank note Stewart enclosed with it.
Third Person Autograph Note, 1 page, 8x5. In full: "Be sure to direct $6 Lieut. J. E. B. Stuart Fort Riley K. T. P. S. I enclose also $3 more for which please send the Congressional Globe & appendix t P. L. Taylor, Fort Riley K. T. [Kansas Territory]." Accompanied by the $3 demand note, issued by the Phoenix Bank of Hartford, which Stewart forwarded with this letter.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. When he signed this note, Stewart was serving as Quartermaster of the 1st Cavalry, stationed at Fort Riley in the Kansas Territory. "Bleeding Kansas" was aflame with pro- and anti-slavery forces, seeking to determine by which system the Territory would enter the Union. Stewart, already a veteran of skirmishes with the Plains Indians, was helping to preserve order in the divided land. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1858, and to captain shortly before he resigned from the US Army to join the Confederacy in May 1861. He would 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. Stuart, known for his audacity, his skill at reconnaissance, and his dashing uniform, fought in all the major battles of the Eastern command, emerging as a popular hero. 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 foremost heroes of the "Lost Cause." He died at the Battle of Yellow Tavern (May 11, 1864). One horizontal and two vertical folds. Irregularly cut at edges. Lightly frayed at bottom edge. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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