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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Jeb Stuart: The Last Cavalier based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Author Burke Davis does an exhaustive documentary of Stuart and his life (particularly in the first half of the Civil War) up to his premature death. The book paints Stuart almost completely in a positive light, and is only lacking in missing some of the not-so-complimentary choices in his life I have read about in other biographies. Jeb Stuart was a suitable enough character to deserve this interesting biography. Well written and entertaining.
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?