Stuart’s greatest fame resulted from his “raiding” operations. Twice in 1862, he led his troopers completely around the Union army. During his first foray, Cooke was assigned to intercept him! While unimportant militarily, these spectacular raids provided much needed boosts to Southern morale. In his most publicized adventure, he retaliated for the loss of his famed plumed hat and cloak to Federal cavalry by overrunning the Union army commander’s headquarters and capturing his dress uniform, as well as valuable intelligence.
In early July 1863, Stuart, acting under ambiguous orders, again circled the Union army, but this time the results were disastrous. Deprived of information on the strength and disposition of the enemy, Lee engaged at
A year later, on May 11, 1864 at Yellow Tavern, VA, Stuart was shot in the stomach by dismounted troopers of George Custer’s division and mortally wounded, barely escaping capture. Taken to