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JEB Stuart: Early Civil War

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 promoted to on April 22, 1861, but resigns from the U.S. Army on May 3, 1861, to join the Confederate States Army, following the secession of Virginia. (His letter of resignation, sent from Cairo, Illinois, is accepted by the War Department on May 14.) What rank is he promoted too?

  • First Lt.
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Lt. Colonel

2) Upon learning that his father-in-law, Col. Philip St. George Cooke, will remain in the U.S. Army during the coming war, Stuart writes to his brother-in-law (future Confederate Brig. Gen. John Rogers Cooke), "He will regret it but once, and that will be continuously." On June 26, 1860, Flora gave birth to a son, Philip St. George Cooke Stuart, but his father changes the name to James Ewell Brown Stuart, Jr. ("Jimmie"), in late 1861 out of disgust with his father-in-law.

  • True or False?

3) Stuart is commissioned as a captain of Virginia Infantry in the Confederate Army on May 10, 1861.

  • True or False?

4) Major General Robert E. Lee, now commanding the armed forces of Virginia, orders him to report to Colonel Thomas J. Jackson at Harper's Ferry. Jackson chooses to ignore Stuart's infantry designation and assigns him on July 4 to command all the cavalry companies of the Army of the Shenandoah, organized as the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment. On July 16, what rank is he promoted too?

  • Major
  • Lt. Colonel
  • Colonel
  • Brig. General

5) Stuart sets out with 1,200 troopers on the morning of June 12 and, having determined that the flank is indeed vulnerable, takes his men on a complete circumnavigation of the Union army, returning after 150 miles on July 15 with 165 captured Union soldiers, 260 horses and mules, and various quartermaster and ordnance supplies. His men met no serious opposition from the more decentralized Union cavalry, coincidently commanded by his father-in-law, Col. Cooke. The maneuver is a public relations sensation and Stuart is greeted with flower petals thrown in his path at Richmond. He has become as famous as Stonewall Jackson in the eyes of the Confederacy.

  • True or False?

6) Early in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Stuart is promoted to major general on , and his command was upgraded to the Cavalry Division. What is the date?

  • March 25, 1862
  • April 25, 1862
  • June 25, 1862
  • July 25, 1862

7) In August 1862, Stuart manages to overrun Union army commander headquarters, and not only captured Pope's his full uniform, but also intercepts orders that provide Lee with valuable intelligence concerning reinforcements for his army. Who is the Union army commander?

  • Maj. Gen. Stewart Grainger
  • Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside
  • Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan
  • Maj. Gen. John Pope

8) The Battle of Chantilly takes place on September 1, 1862, in Fairfax County, Virginia, as the concluding battle of the Northern Virginia Campaign of the American Civil War. The Confederates name the battle Ox Hill.

  • True or False?

9) After Lee's army has withdrawn back to Virginia, Stuart performs another of his audacious circumnavigations of the Army of the Potomac, 120 miles in under 60 hours, from Leesburg, Virginia, to a northern town. Once again embarrassing his Union opponents and seizing horses and supplies, but at the expense of exhausted men and animals, without gaining much military advantage. What town did they reach?

  • Chambersburg, PA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Millersburg, PA
  • Willow Grove, PA

10) On November 6, Stuart receives sad news by telegram that his daughter Flora has died just before her fifth birthday on November 3. What is the cause of death

  • Falling off a horse
  • Typhoid fever
  • Measles
  • Swine flu

Check Your Answers


JEB Stuart: Early Civil War [Answers]

  1. Captain
  2. True
  3. False. Stuart is commissioned as a lieutenant colonel of Virginia Infantry in the Confederate Army on May 10, 1861.
  4. Colonel
  5. True
  6. July 25, 1862
  7. Maj. Gen. John Pope
  8. True
  9. Chambersburg, PA
  10. Typhoid fever

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