Encircling the Union Army: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride Around McClellan During the Peninsula Campaign, June 1862

Encircling the Union Army: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride Around McClellan During the Peninsula Campaign, June 1862

by Edwin C. Bearrs

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Overview

Jeb Stuart’s bold and unauthorized ride around the enemy in June 1862 is still studied and celebrated as one of history’s most daring intelligence raids. By late May 1862, Gen. George B. McClellan had moved his massive Army of the Potomac to the outskirts of the Confederate capital at Richmond. When Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston fell wounded at Seven Pines on May 31, Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia and turned the tide of war in the Eastern Theater.

Lee ordered his dashing cavalry leader Jeb Stuart and 1,200 troopers to find the position of McClellan’s right flank. The cavalryman easily discovered the Union flank but continued riding around the enemy in a daring display far exceeding Lee’s intention. The gray-clad mounted troops harassed supply lines and captured enemy troops while covering some 100 miles pursued by Union cavalry led by Stuart’s father-in-law, Gen. Philip St. George Cooke. Stuart’s expedition ended when he returned toRichmond on June 15 with invaluable information that helped General Lee finalize plans for a major offensive operation that triggered the Seven Days’ Battles and eventually defeated and drove McClellan and his army away from Richmond.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940669014
Publisher: Savas Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Edwin C. Bearss is a world-renowned military historian, author, and tour guide known for his work on the American Civil War and World War II. Ed, a former WWII Marine wounded in the Pacific Theater, served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994 and is the author of dozens of books and articles. He discovered and helped raise the Union warship USS Cairo, which is on display at Vicksburg National Military Park.

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