Re: J.E.B. Stuart

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Posted by Andy on October 31, 1999 at 08:28:29:

In Reply to: J.E.B. Stuart posted by Henry Drummond on October 29, 1999 at 08:31:38:

: What are the facts behind the whereabouts of J.E.B. Stuart
: during the battle of Gettysburg? Was he scouting about or was he on a "social tour"? What would be a good book to read on the subject?

: Thanks All!

Thats a tough one. As I understand it J.S. Mosby had told Stuart of a route by which he could encircle the union army and still stay in touch with Lee's right, which lee insisted he do. Supposedly that route was blocked by Hancocks corp forcing Stuart to take a more circuitous route putting him out of touch with Lee. He did seem to be doing more touring than scouting though. Knowing the union army was on the move north he should have done all in his power to get on Lees right flank. Instead he raided and captured a wagon train in Rockville and dragged the train with him, slowing him down and exhausting his troops. When he finally did catch up with Lee late on the 2nd day of battle his troops were falling out of the saddle asleep. Probably had a lot to do with his poor performance against Gregg on the 3rd day.


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