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“I must save the women of Richmond!”

 
 
Confederate Memorial Literary Society tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
1. Confederate Memorial Literary Society tablet
Inscription.
Site of the house in which
Maj. Gen'l. J.E.B. Stuart, C.S.A.
died May 12, 1864

“I must save the women of Richmond!”

This tablet is placed by the
Confederate Memorial Literary Society, A.D. 1911

 
Erected 1911 by Confederate Memorial Literary Society.
 
Location. 37° 32.769′ N, 77° 26.694′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Grace Street and North Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west on West Grace Street. Click for map. The tablet is on the left side of the entrance to the Police Station. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of J. E. B. Stuart's Death (here, next to this marker); Samuel Preston Moore (within shouting distance of this marker); Maggie Walker (approx. ¼ mile away); Jacob House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Leigh Street Armory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richmond’s First African American Police Officers
W Grace St & N Jefferson St Police Station Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
2. W Grace St & N Jefferson St Police Station
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding “I must save the women of Richmond!”. The quote attributed to Gen. J.E.B Stuart originated from a statement made by one of his staff officers 43 years after Stuart's death:

...Major Andrew Venable, also of Stuart’s Staff, said in 1907, at the unveiling of the Equestrian Statue of Stuart: “At Yellow Tavern General Stuart sacrificed himself to save Richmond, for the last word he spoke to me on that fatal day, when I begged him not to remain on the line of battle under such a terrible fire, was this: Turning to me with his face aglow with excitement and great feeling, he exclaimed: ‘I must save the women of Richmond!’ Riding a few yards down the line be received his fatal wound.”...
[excerpt from Confederate Memorial Literary Society provided by Dr. John Coski, Museum of the Confederacy]
 
Also see . . .  The Death of General Stuart. An account of Stuart's death, originally from the Southern Historical Papers. (Submitted on February 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,367 times since then and 95 times this year. Last updated on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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