Academic journal article Military Review

Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863

Academic journal article Military Review

Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863

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YEAR OF GLORY: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863, Monte Akers, Casemate Publishers, Havertown, PA, 2012, 371 pages, $18.00

BY THE END of the Chancellorsville Campaign in May 1863, perhaps no military leader other than Robert E. Lee enjoyed the fame and notoriety of Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart. Placed in command of the Confederate Second Corps after the wounding of Stonewall Jackson, Stuart relentlessly pressed the Confederate assault, ultimately driving the Union army from the field and achieving one of the South's greatest victories. The boldness, aggressiveness, and sheer will to win in the Virginia wilderness--coupled with his dashing, if not reckless, exploits as commander of the Confederate cavalry--propelled this Southern cavalier into annals of military history. Little did anyone know that June 1863 would mark the end of Stuart's remarkable, unmatched year of military success.

For the student of Civil War history, Monte Akers' Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 provides the reader with an extraordinary look into that remarkable year. As seen through the eyes and thoughts of Stuart and his staff, Akers skillfully integrates their personal diaries, journals, official logs, and records into a vivid account of the daily activities in Stuart's camp. He fills the book with humorous anecdotes involving Stuart and his personal staff as they brave life in the Confederate cavalry. Akers portrays Stuart as a smart, yet mildly vain, socialite with an affable, gregarious personality and a man captivated by the fineries and social graces of the Old South's intelligentsia. …

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