Near Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Birthplace of James Ewell Brown Stuart
"Jeb" Stuart attended Emory and Henry College in southwestern Virginia (1848-50) and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York (1850-54). After serving as an officer in the U.S. cavalry in Texas and Kansas (1854-61), and assisting in the capture of John Brown at Harpers Ferry in 1859, he resigned his commission when Virginia seceded in 1861.
As trhe commander of Gen. Robert E. Lee's cavalry in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, Stuart expanded the contribution of the mounted arm as the "eyes and ears" of the army. He achieved fame for the first "Ride Around McLellan" during the Seven Days' Battles east of Richmond, temporarily commanded Jackson's corps after Stonewall fell wounded at Chancelorsville, and thoroughly dominated the Union cavalry for most of his career. Stuart was mortally wounded on May 11,1864, at the Battle of Yellow Tavern, died in Richmond the next day, and is buried there at Hollywood Cemetery.
Two of his brothers, also born at Laurel Hill, likewise served the Confederacy during the war. William Alexander Stuart
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 33.7′ N, 80° 33.18′ W. Marker is near Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker is on Ararat Highway (County Route 773), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in from of Laurel Hill visitors center. Marker is in this post office area: Ararat VA 24053, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stuart's Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Patrick County / North Carolina (approx. 0.7 miles away); Patrick County Virginia / North Carolina (approx. 4.1 miles away); 90 MM Gun Tank M47 Patton (approx. 4.7 miles away in North Carolina); Stonemanís Raid (approx. 5.4 miles away in North Carolina); The Andy Griffith Show (approx. 5.4 miles away in North Carolina); Siamese Twins (approx. 8.6 miles away in North Carolina); Hardin Taliaferro (approx. 10.1 miles away in North Carolina). Click for a list of all markers in Ararat.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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