Near Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
"Stuart the Commander"
From the war's beginning Stuart bent all his energy on molding the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia into a fighting force his adversaries would come to fear. His men would not be wasted watching the Army's wagons, providing messenger service, or furnishing bodyguards for pompous generals. He massed his men under a centralized command structure and used them as an offensive force, throwing them against an enemy who did not understand how cavalry could and should be used.
In battler, Stuart had an eye for terrain that would have made him a superb artillerist. His understanding of how artillery should be used led to the organization of the Stuart Horse Artillery. Even here, aggressiveness was the watchword. Stuart expected his artillery to be handled like a saber and men such as Pelham, Beckham, Chew, Breathed, and others,
Stuart could also command the infantry. In the almost impenetrable undergrowth of the Wilderness in both 1863 and 1864 Stuart demonstrated his ability to inspire and lead infantry in battle. At Chancellorsville, with Jackson wounded, the Second Corps scattered in the dense thickets, and the army divided, Robert E. Lee looked to Stuart to bring the two wings together. Throughout the night Stuart labored to regroup regroup the regiments and brigades. Come the dawn, the Rebel yell rang across the battleground and Stuart led the men of Jackson forward. Again, there was no thought of the defensive, only of attack. In the forefront of the battle, Stuart, mounted on his horse Chancellor, led the charge. Victory was gained as the enemy's works were breached with Stuart leaping Chancellor over them. The infantry, like the cavalry, would have followed him anywhere he cared to lead them.
Though he proved he could have had success lighting artillery or leading infantry, Stuart's true calling was as a cavalryman. His grasp of cavalry tactics, his aggressive nature, his daring, and his legendary endurance combined to make him, as Federal General John Sedgewick said, "the greatest cavalryman ever foaled to America." John Esten Cooke wrote that Stuart's "great merit as a commander was, that his conception
This sign is a gift of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Trout of Myerstown, Pennsylvania
Dedicated to the officers and men of the cavalry and horse artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • War, US Civil.
Location. 36° 33.777′ N, 80° 33.129′ W. Marker is near Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from Ararat Highway. Located on the grounds of the Jeb Stuart Birthplace (Laurel Hill). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1091 Ararat Hwy, Ararat VA 24053, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Stuart the Scout" (here, next to this marker); "Stuart the Leader" (here, next to this marker); "Stuart the Raider" (here, next to this marker); "Flora and Jeb" (here, next to this marker); The "Lee" Tree (a few steps from this marker); Historic Roadbed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); House Site (about 300 feet away); The Stuart Graveyard (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.