J. E. B. Stuart, popularly known by his nickname “Jeb,” was the chief of cavalry of theduring the (1861–1865). A Regular Army veteran who participated in the capture of at in 1859, Stuart fought well at the (1861) but became a Confederate hero the following summer when he led 1,200 troopers in a famous ride around Union general ‘s . In particular, he was praised for his ability to gather intelligence and act as ‘s “eyes and ears,” leading a second long ride later that year. At (1863), Stuart temporarily led ‘s corps when both Jackson and were wounded, and helped to push ‘s forces back across the Rappahannock River. Stuart cultivated himself as the epitome of Virginia’s , sporting a long beard and a plumed hat. He enjoyed staging elaborate reviews like the two near Brandy Station, Virginia, in June 1863, which attracted many local women. The day after the second review, Stuart’s troopers fended off a surprise attack in the largest cavalry battle of the war, but soon after, another long ride around the Union army failed, hampering Lee’s intelligence at the (1863). Stuart was wounded at the and died one day later on May 12, 1864.