Stuart's Finest Hour
The Ride Around McClellan, June 1862
John J. Fox, III
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Many people are aware that Jeb Stuart was a famous cavalry general who rode for the Confederacy. Yet, how did this twenty-nine-year-old former US Army lieutenant become the 1860s version of a media sensation? At the beginning of June 1862, George McClellan s huge Union Army stood poised to decimate the Confederate capital of Richmond. The city faced chaos as thousands of civilians fled. Confederate Army commander Robert E. Lee wanted to launch his own attack, but he needed to know what stood on McClellan s right flank. John Fox s new book, Stuart s Finest Hour, uses numerous eyewitness accounts to place the reader in the dusty saddle of both the hunter and the hunted as Stuart s men sliced deep behind Union lines to gather information for Lee. This first-ever book written about the raid follows the Confederate horsemen on their 110-mile ride, all the while chased by Union troopers commanded by Stuart s father-in-law, Philip St. George Cooke.