Alongside Robert E. Lee, no one epitomized the chivalry and heroism celebrated by the Lost Cause more than J. E. B. Stuart, the most famous cavalry officer of the Civil War. Stuart was equal parts great and grandiose while leading the cavalry for the Confederacy in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Stuart was a throwback to the past, colorfully dressing with capes, sashes, and an ostrich-plumed hat while sporting cologne and a heavy beard, but he was also brilliant in conducting reconnaissance, and he proved capable of leading both cavalry and infantry at battles like Chancellorsville. As the eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee's army, none was better, despite the fact that he was only in his late 20s and early 30s during the Civil War - far younger than most men of senior rank.
The Battle of Yellow Tavern: The History of the Civil War Battle that Ended J. E. B. Stuart's Life comprehensively covers the events leading up to the battle, the fighting itself, and the aftermath of the battle.
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