Major General J. E. B. Stuart
Original Author: George S. Cook
Created: 1863
Medium: Mounted photographic print
Publisher: Valentine Richmond History Center

Major General J. E. B. Stuart

Major General James Ewell Brown ("Jeb") Stuart, chief of cavalry in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, sports his trademark beard and mustache as well as the appropriate accoutrements of a self-fashioned cavalier—knee-high riding boots, a cavalry saber, and a hat with a rakish ostrich plume—in this 1863 image made by photographer George S. Cook. During the war, Stuart was praised for his ability to gather intelligence and act as Lee's "eyes and ears"; after Stuart's death in 1864, he became a powerful symbol of the Lost Cause and the supposed chivalry and romanticism of the Old South.