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Jeb Stuart: The Last Cavalier
     

Jeb Stuart: The Last Cavalier

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by Burke Davis
 

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A full and definitive biography of the dashing and enigmatic Confederate hero of the Civil War: General J.E.B. Stuart.

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A full and definitive biography of the dashing and enigmatic Confederate hero of the Civil War: General J.E.B. Stuart.

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No front line general of the Confedracy was so dashing in conduct or so well thought of by his troops as the calvary commander Jeb Stuart. In Jeb Stuart: The Last Cavalier, biographer and historian Burke Davis provides a comprehensive, definitive, dramatic biography of this enigmatic and superbly competent Civil War "Hero of the Confederacy". We are taken from his childhood to his training at West Point, from his service on the Western frontier to his decision to stand with Virginia with the outbreak of hostilities between the Union and the Confederacy, through his many daring raids and battles to his final, fatal clash at Yellow Tavern. Jeb Stuart: The Last Cavalier is a superbly written and much appreciated contribution to the growing library of Civil War studies and biographies.
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ISBN-13:
9780517185971
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.50(d)

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Jeb Stuart: The Last Cavalier 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Author Davis presents a compelling overall view of Stuart, his reputation and times, but then he launches into a detailed description of the battles in which he fought. I confess I found the latter a bit tedious because I am not well read in the subject of Civil War military strategy. Those who are, however, should find this book to be quite fascinating all the way through. I beg to disagree, though, with the person who reviewed it for bn.com and claimed that General Lee would NOT have criticized Stuart behind his back. One must place Lee's reputed remark in context. Indeed, R.E. Lee ordinarily would not have criticized one of his best officers, but the Battle of Gettysburg was so important to the outcome of the war for the South that no human being--in my opinion--could resist talking about that 'last Cavalier.' Stuart's not being on hand to advise Lee of the whereabouts of the Union army so plainly affected the Battle of Gettysburg that Lee must have been superhuman to resist making some derogatory remark. Lee was known to be a man of sterling character, but still he was human and not a god. Who in his right mind would NOT make some rather unkind remark about the handsome Stuart and his putting duty to his wife above his duty to his country, the up-until-then invincible Confederacy?