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    JEB Stuart Autograph Letter Signed Dated December 21, 1855. An early JEB Stuart letter completely handwritten and signed by Stuart. Fresh from the United States Military Academy at West Point (Class of 1854), the future Civil War general and cavalryman had been assigned to quartermaster duty with the newly organized 1st U.S. Cavalry at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Completely handwritten and signed by Stuart, this letter is addressed to General Thomas S. Jessup in Washington DC. The 7.75" x 10" document is in excellent condition and in a gray bound slipcover with gold engraved lettering. It is dated December 21, 1855, and details a contract for corn that is being grown on the Big Blue River near Fort Leavenworth. There is additional handwriting on verso indicating receipt of this letter.

    At the time of this letter, JEB Stuart had been married to his beloved wife Flora for only one month. Stuart would help suppress the slavery riots while in Kansas and met the abolitionist John Brown while there. While on a visit to Washington, DC in 1859, he accompanied then-U.S. Colonel Robert E. Lee to put down the insurrection at Harper's Ferry. It was only through Stuart's past meeting with Brown that "Old Brown of Osawatomie" was identified and hanged.

    Of course, JEB Stuart went on to become the greatest cavalryman of the Civil War, leading the largest cavalry battle ever fought on American soil. This handwritten letter completed with Stuart's florid handwriting and signature, already evident in 1855, reminds us that he had an illustrious career even before the Civil War.

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