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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart
John F. Blair, Publisher
5 ½ x 8
black-and-white photos throughout
Published in 2003
How elusive was Confederate cavalry chief J. E. B. Stuart? Just ask Union general George McClellan, who suffered embarrassment when Stuart rode a circle around his entire army in June 1862. Or Union general John Pope, from whose headquarters tent Stuart brazenly stole a coat, a dispatch book, and half a million dollars.
This book will bring you closer to Stuart than the Federal army managed to get during most of the Civil War. You’ll visit his birthplace, the site of his fatal wounding, and the cemetery where he was buried. You’ll see the scenes of his military feats in the East, of course, but you’ll also travel to rural Kansas, where he was almost killed by a Cheyenne Indian in 1857, and to southwestern Texas, where he nearly ended up riding a camel instead of a horse.
For many, the flamboyant, daring Stuart—he of the thick beard, plumed hat, flowing cape, and galloping horse—remains a lasting symbol of the Confederacy. This book provides an intimate look at the man by introducing the places he knew throughout his life.