The Battle of Yellow Tavern was fought on May 11, 1864, at a vital crossroads in Henrico County, only six miles north of the Confederate capital ofduring the (1861–1865). Part of Union general-in-chief ‘s Overland Campaign in the spring of 1864, the cavalry battle resulted from Philip H. Sheridan‘s quest to track down the famous Confederate trooper and “whip” him. Stuart, like , preferred to be on the offensive and immediately set out after Sheridan, but by the time he caught up with him at an inn called Yellow Tavern, his outnumbered force was hard-ridden and tired. The Confederate cavalry fought hard for a full day, and as Stuart rode up and down the front lines in the to rally his men, a Michigan sharpshooter shot the general in the side. then took command, but was forced to withdraw. Stuart died the next day, and Sheridan rode all the way to the outskirts of Richmond, where he eventually joined up with the Union forces of on the . In the end, the battle put to rest notions that the Confederate cavalry was invincible and it claimed the life of one of Lee’s most trusted and flamboyant lieutenants.