STUART, James Ewell Brown (1833-1864). Autograph note signed ("J.E.B. Stuart") as Major General, to Jefferson Davis (1808-1889). Head Quarters Cavalry Corps, 24 February 1864.

2 15/16 x 2 in. clipped note (toned, not examined out of frame), framed to 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. 

General Stuart writes to an unknown recipient, requesting forwarding to Jefferson Davis, regarding the Jeff Davis Cavalry Legion: "Res. Forwarded – There are no better troops in this army than this command coming as it does from all of the gulf states. I request that these resolutions be forwarded to His Excellency the President in honor of whom this command rec’d its name."

[Framed with:] RITCHIE, Alexander Hay (1822-1895), engraver. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. Engraving, n.d. image 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 in, framed. 

With the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus, the Jeff Davis Cavalry Legion was organized in January 1862, coalescing additional companies from Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Commanded by Colonel William T. Martin (1823-1910), the Legion joined what would become the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. During the Battle of Williamsburg on 5 May 1862, the Legion surveilled Union movements and reported directly to Stuart, allowing him to lead a flank maneuver around McClellan's army. They also fought in the Seven Days Battles (25 June-1 July 1862), the Maryland Campaign (4-20 September 1862), Brandy Station (9 June 1863), Gettysburg (1-3 July 1863), Bristoe Campaign (October-November 1863), and the Campaign of the Carolinas (1 January-26 April 1865) before surrendering with Joseph E. Johnston's forces in April 1865.


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