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Stuart, Jeb (1833-1864) to Flora Cooke Stuart

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02334.01 Author/Creator: Stuart, Jeb (1833-1864) Place Written: Camp Von Borcke, Virginia Type: Autograph letter Date: 18 August 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Stuart, commander of a cavalry division in the Army of Northern Virginia, writes to his wife. Mentions General John Bell Hood. Expresses confidence that General Lee (possibly Robert E. Lee) has recommended him (Stuart) for the position of Lieutenant General of Cavalry. Writes that newspaper reports (on the topic on the subject of who will assume the post of Lieutenant General of Cavalry) are false attempts "to manufacture public opinion in favor of Hood." Predicts that Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Secretary (possibly James Seddon, Secretary of War) will favor him for the position. Declares "... as my reports will show- and rest assured, the Cavalry has no record brighter than that of June & July's campaign.- I will gladly rest my name & reputation on the achievements of those two months." Mentions Charles Cornwallis Chesney's book, 'A military view of recent campaigns in Virginia and Maryland.' Notes that Chesney grants him high praise. Reports that Dabney Ball (possibly his chief of subsistence), recently visited. Recommended Major Heros von Borcke for promotion to Brigadier General. Plans to move toward Culpeper, Virginia, where grass is more plentiful. Signature has been clipped.

People: Stuart, Jeb, 1833-1864.
Stuart, Flora Cooke, 1836-1923.
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
Boteler, Alexander Robinson, 1815-1892.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
Seddon, James A. (James Alexander), 1815-1880.
Chesney, Charles Cornwallis, 1826-1876.
Borcke, Heros von, 1835-1895.
Ball, Dabney, 1820-1878.
Hood, John Bell, 1831-1879.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, Civil War, Army of Northern Virginia, Cavalry, Confederate States of America, Confederate General or Leader, Soldier's Letter, Confederate Soldier's Letter, Journalism, Literature and Language Arts, Battle

Sub Era: The American Civil War