|A war-time view of Stuart's grave “Gen'l Stuart--wounded May 11, 1864--died May 12, 1864.” This simple head-slab on its wooded hill near Richmond toward the close of the war spelt a heavy blow to the Confederate cause. In that struggle against heavier and heavier odds, every man counted. And when destroying Fate chose for its victim the leader whose spirit had never fallen, whose courage had never failed, no matter how dangerous the raid, how fierce the charge and counter-charge — well might the Confederacy mourn. To the memory of this American chevalier, tributes came not only from comrades but from opponents. One of these, Theophilus F. Rodenbough — a Federal captain at the time of Stuart's death, later a cavalry historian and a contributor to other pages of this volume — wrote, twenty years after the tragedy, this fitting epitaph: “Deep in the hearts of all true cavalrymen, North and South, will ever burn a sentiment of admiration mingled with regret for this knightly soldier and generous man.”|
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