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J.E.B. Stuart


J.E.B. Stuart’s military reputation was established before the Civil War by his two encounters with abolitionist John Brown. Like mentor Robert E. Lee, however, Stuart soon left the Union Army for the Confederacy, where he excelled as an intelligence gatherer, even duping his own father-in-law, a Union general. The charismatic Stuart was later killed at Yellow Tavern Crossroads, uttering as his last words, "I had rather die than be whipped."

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