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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

James E. B. Stuart

(Ap'd Va.)


James Ewell Brown Stuart: Born Feb. 6, 1833, Patrick Co., VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Mounted Rifle­men, July 1, 1854.

Served: on frontier duty, en route to Texas, 1854‑55, — Scouting

(Second Lieut., Mounted Rifle­men, Oct. 31, 1854)

against Mescalero Apache Indians, 1855, — and at Ft. McIntosh, Tex.,

(Second Lieut., 1st Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)

1855; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1855; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855, — as Quartermaster, 1st Cavalry, July 5, 1855, to May 31, 1857, — Sioux Expedition, 1855, — Ft. Leavenworth,

(First Lieut., 1st Cavalry, Dec. 20, 1855)

1855‑57, quelling Kansas Disturbances, — Cheyenne Expedition, 1857, being engaged in the Combat on Solomon's Fork, Kan., July 29, 1857, where he was severely wounded, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1857, — Convoying Santa Fé mail, 1857, — Ft. Riley, Kan., 1858, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — and Ft. Riley, 1858‑59, quelling Kansas Disturbances, — on leave of absence, 1859; as Volunteer Aide-de‑Camp to Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.R. E. Lee on the Harper's Ferry Expedition to suppress John Brown's Raid, 1859; and on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., 1859‑60, — Kiowa and Comanche Expedition, 1860, being engaged in a Skirmish near Bent's Fort, Col., July 11, 1860, — and at Ft. Wise, Col., 1860‑61.

Captain, 1st Cavalry, Apr. 22, 1861.

Resigned, May 14, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a
and was Mortally Wounded at the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Va.

Died of Wounds, May 12, 1864, at Richmond, Va.: Aged 31.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: cavalry­man Maj.‑General "Jeb" Stuart (the nickname from his initials) was a key player in Lee's campaigns and among the Confederacy's most famous generals, and his career is covered on many websites, e.g., at CivilWarHome. He and his troops are mentioned more than 500 times in Freeman's R. E. Lee (q.v.).

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