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    [J.E.B. Stuart] Original Pen and Ink Drawing by John R. Chambliss Presented to Stuart at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Circa 1853. This drawing, by John R. Chambliss (Class of 1853), was given to his fellow cadet and friend James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart in 1853. It is a pen and ink drawing of a Napoleonic soldier in Egypt palm fronds a pipe in hand and the pyramids in the background. The drawing, 9.75" x 13", is signed lower right in pencil "Chambliss". Very well done. Foxing mounting tears at the corners, else, fine.

    John R. Chambliss was a career military officer. After graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1853, Chambliss was brevetted Second Lieutenant in the mounted infantry, and taught at the cavalry school at Carlisle, Pennsylvania until the following spring, when he resigned. Chambliss returned home to Hicksford, Virginia where his father was a wealthy planter, and was engaged in agriculture until the spring of 1861. Chambliss served as colonel of a regiment of Virginia militia from 1858-61 and was the brigade inspector general for the Commonwealth for two years. His father was a delegate to the secession convention in 1861, and the younger Chambliss maintained a strong allegiance to Virginia. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Chambliss was commissioned colonel of the 13th Virginia Cavalry in July 1861. In April 1863, when the cavalry corps of the Union Army of the Potomac attempted to cross the Rappahanock and cut Lee's communications with Richmond, Chambliss was particularly prominent in turning back this movement. At Beverly Ford with 50 men, he drove two Federal squadrons into the river, capturing a number of prisoners. He and his men were commended for bravery by both Generals R. E. Lee and J. E. B. Stuart, his friend and fellow cadet. During the Gettysburg Campaign, Chambliss rode with Stuart into Pennsylvania, attacking the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry at Hanover. He drove the Union force through the town, capturing its ambulances and a number of prisoners. His brigade, and that of Fitzhugh Lee, reached Gettysburg late on July 2. On July 3, he engaged in the fierce fighting at East Cavalry Field. Upon the withdrawal of the army to safety in Virginia, his brigade covered the movement of the Confederate trains. During the subsequent Bristoe Campaign Chambliss again received Stuart's written commendation. Chambliss was killed while leading his men in a cavalry battle on the Charles City Road, on the north side of the James River. His body was buried with honor by Federal troops. Given by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ John R. Chambliss to J. E. B. Stuart

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