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    General JEB Stuart and General Fitzhugh Lee Cartes De Visite - The Two Great Confederate Cavalrymen. These two cartes de visite, one of Confederate General JEB Stuart, famed cavalry commander under General Robert E. Lee, the other of General Fitzhugh Lee, Robert E. Lee's nephew. Both are 2.5" x 3.75" and are in excellent condition, the Stuart image with a penciled 'JEB Stuart', the Lee picture with his name in block lettering. Displayed in a matted frame, these two images capture the essence of Confederate cavalrymen.

    James Ewell Brown (JEB) Stuart was Virginia-born-and-bred, West Point Class of 1854 and a hardened veteran even before the Civil War. Stuart was an Indian fighter and after seeing action in "Bleeding Kansas", he was sent to Harper's Ferry as a Union officer, ordered by Robert E. Lee to crush John Brown's rebellion. Resigning his commission in May 1861, by October of that year he would have his own brigade and be promoted to Brigadier General.

    Within months General Stuart would have a fresh Virginia Lieutenant Colonel in his command, Fitzhugh Lee. Robert E. Lee's nephew, Fitzhugh had served in the Union army as well, West Point Class of 1856. Honored for his gallantry under General Joseph Johnston, Lee was ordered to Stuart's 1st Virginia Cavalry. Promoted to Major General in September 1863, Lee continued cavalry commands at Kelly's Ford, and in the Wilderness and Petersburg Campaigns until his mentor General Stuart was killed at Yellow Tavern. Lee himself was taken out of action after being seriously wounded at the battle of Third Winchester. At the end of the war, he commanded the whole of his uncle's Confederate Cavalry.

    Lee had followed in the footsteps of perhaps the most famous cavalry officer of the war in JEB Stuart. Stuart led the largest cavalry engagement on US soil at Brandy Station and bedeviled the Union troops at Petersburg, riding circles around McClellan's army. He gave the South a much needed morale boost in his dashing cape and plumed hat which can be seen in this carte de visite. At Gettysburg amid some confusion, Stuart became detached from General Lee's lines of communication and, as Lee would say of the fateful day, in Stuart he had lost his "eyes and ears." Stuart gave his life for the Confederacy when he was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern. This unique pairing of cartes de visite couples the two stars of Confederate cavalrymen.

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    December, 2006
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