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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Today's Hours
Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
General Jeb Stuart and Staff
General Jeb Stuart and Staff
The most famous cavalryman of the Civil War, Stuart was invaluable to Lee in the early years of the war. During the 2nd Bull Run Campaign, he managed to overrun the headquarters of the Union commander John Pope and steal his uniform as well as written orders that gave Lee valuable intelligence. Later that year he led a raid north of the Rappahannock that inflicted 230 Union casualties while incurring only 27 of his own. After Chancellorsville, he led Southern forces in the largest cavalry engagement ever fought on the American continent, the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863. The battle was a draw, but the Confederates managed to hold the field. During Grant's drive on Richmond in the spring of 1864, Stuart managed to halt Sheridan's cavalry on the outskirts of the city on May 11, but was mortally wounded in the process, dying May 12.