at Yellow tavern
, near Richmond
, and in the engagement Stuart
was mortally wounded, and, two or three days afterward, expired.
The death of the famous cavalryman produced a deep and painful sensation, in some degree akin to that produced by the death of Jackson
The Southern people, indeed, had become accustomed to couple together the three great names, Lee
, and Stuart
, valuing each for his peculiar qualities.
No comparison is intended to be made between these three distinguished soldiers; but it is interesting to notice how sharply contrasted they were in character, and how peculiarly each was fitted for the sphere in which he moved, and his special functions.
, the head and front of the struggle, was the born commander-in-chief, fitted for the conception of great campaigns, ever wide awake, a man of august dignity by nature, calm, suave, grave, taking good and evil fortune with the same imposing serenity; in person, one of the most noble and graceful men of his epoch, and the finest rider in the Southern
army; in character, simple, pure, patient, binding to himself both the love and respect of men. Jackson
was the infantry leader, the “right arm” to execute what Lee
conceived; in person not graceful, in manner silent, reserved, and often abrupt; cautious in council, but rapid and terrible in execution, going to battle with muttered prayers on his lips, leaving all to Providence
, but striking with all the power of his arm to do his own part, and in many ways resembling the Ironsides
, on the contrary, was the cavalier, essentially belonging to the class of men who followed the fortunes of Charles I.-ardent, impetuous, brimming over with the wine of life and youth, with the headlong courage of a high-spirited boy, fond of bright colors, of rippling flags, of martial music, and the clash of sabres; in all the warp and woof his character an embodiment of the best traits of the English
cavaliers — not of their bad traits.
Although his utter carelessness as to the impression he produced subjected him to many calumnies, it is here placed on record, by one who knew his private life thoroughly, and was with him day and night for years, that he was, in morals, among the purest of men — a faithful husband, absolutely without vices of any description, and, if not demonstrative — in his religious views, an earnest and exemplary Christian
His love for his wife was deep and devoted; and on the death of his little daughter, Flora
, he said to me, with tears in his eyes: “I shall never get over it.”
When one day some person in my presence indulged in sneers at the expense of “preachers,” supposing that the roystering young commander would echo them, Stuart
said, coldly: “I regard the ”