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JEB Stuart: The Early Years

Born: February 6, 1833
Died: May 12, 1864 (age 31)

James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart is a U.S. Army officer from Virginia and a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War.  He is known to his friends as "Jeb", from the initials of his given names.  Stuart is a cavalry commander known for his mastery of reconnaissance and the use of cavalry in support of offensive operations.   While he cultivates a cavalier image (red-lined gray cape, yellow sash, hat cocked to the side with a peacock feather, red flower in his lapel, often sporting cologne), his serious work makes him the trusted eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee's army and inspires Southern morale.

What do you know about JEB Stuart?  Charge with this US Civil War History Made Easy Trivia quiz? "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) Stuart is born at a plantation in Patrick County, Virginia, near the border with North Carolina.  What is the name of the plantation?

  • Mount Patrick
  • Mable Valley Farm
  • Laurel Hill Farm
  • Triumph Hill Farm

2) He attends Emory & Henry College when he is 15, from 1848 to 1850.

  • True or False?

3) During the summer of 1848, Stuart attempts to enlist in the U.S. Army, but is rejected as underage. He obtains an appointment in 1850 to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, from the U.S. House of Representative congressman, who has defeated his father in the 1848 election. Who is the congressman?

  • Archibald Stuart
  • Jason Wittman
  • Earl Jackson Murphy
  • Thomas Hamlet Averett

4) Who is appointed superintendent of the United States Military Academy in 1852?

  • Joseph Johnston
  • Thomas J. Jackson
  • Robert E. Lee
  • George Meade

5) Stuart graduates 13th in his class of 46 in 1854. What does he rank in his class in cavalry tactics?

  • 1st
  • 5th
  • 10th
  • 25th

6) Stuart is commissioned a brevet second lieutenant and assigned to the U.S. Mounted Rifles in Texas.  In 1855, what unit is he transferred too.

  • 1st Cavalry Regiment
  • 5th Cavalry Regiment
  • 10th Cavalry Regiment
  • 25th Cavalry Regiment

7) In 1855, Stuart meets Flora Cooke, the daughter of the commander of the 2nd U.S. Dragoon Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Philip St. George Cooke.

  • True or False?

8) He is wounded while fighting at Solomon River, Kansas, against the Cheyenne. Col. Sumner (regiment commander) orders a charge with drawn sabers against a wave of Indian arrows. Scattering the warriors, Stuart and three other lieutenants chase one down, whom Stuart wounds in the thigh with his pistol. The Cheyenne turns and fires at Stuart with an old-fashioned pistol, striking him in the chest with a bullet, which does little more damage than to pierce the skin. What is the date of the fight?

  • July 29, 1855
  • July 29, 1856
  • July 29, 1857
  • July 29, 1858

9) In 1859, Stuart develops a new piece of cavalry equipment, for which he receives patent number 25,684 on October 4, a saber hook, or an "improved method of attaching sabers to belts." The U.S. government pays Stuart for a "right to use" license and Stuart contracts with Knorr, Nece and Co. of Philadelphia to manufacture his hook. How much was he paid?

  • $5,000
  • $15,000
  • $25,000
  • $35,000

10) While in Washington, D.C., to discuss government contracts, and in conjunction with his application for an appointment into the quartermaster department, Stuart hears about John Brown's raid on the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.  Stuart volunteers to be aide-de-camp to Col. Thomas J. Jackson and accompanies him with a company of U.S. Marines from the Washington Navy Yard and four companies of Maryland militia.  While delivering Jackson's written surrender ultimatum to the leader of the group, who has been calling himself Isaac Smith, Stuart recognizes "Old Ossawatomie Brown" from his days in Kansas.

  • True or False?

Check Your Answers

JEB Stuart: The Early Years [Answers]

  1. Laurel Hill Farm
  2. True
  3. Thomas Hamlet Averett
  4. Robert E. Lee
  5. 10th
  6. 1st Cavalry Regiment
  7. True
  8. July 29, 1857
  9. $5,000
  10. False. Stuart volunteers to be aide-de-camp to Col. Robert E. Lee and accompanies Lee with a company of U.S. Marines from the Washington Navy Yard and four companies of Maryland militia. While delivering Lee's written surrender ultimatum to the leader of the group, who has been calling himself Isaac Smith, Stuart recognizes "Old Ossawatomie Brown" from his days in Kansas.

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