James Ewell Brown 'Jeb' Stuart by William Meijer


James Ewell Brown 'Jeb' Stuart


William Meijer

Ref GM144
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 26" x 32" (65 x 81 cm)
Overall Size 28" x 34" (69 x 85 cm)
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The Confederate Brigadier General James Ewell Brown ‘JEB’ Stuart was the embodiment of reckless courage and flamboyancy and a popular hero. Just before the ‘Seven Days' Battle’ in June 1862 in defence of Richmond, Stuart was sent by Confederate General Robert E. Lee to locate the right flank of the Federal army under General George B. McClellan. He not only successfully achieved his mission, but also rode completely around McClellan's army to deliver his report to Lee. On the 15th of October 1862, two days after the successful Chambersburg Raid, Stuart received a pair of golden spurs, bought by a woman living in Baltimore and smuggled to the general. Stuart was delighted and from this time he signed some of his personal letters with a sobriquet he fashioned for himself: ‘The Knight of the Golden Spurs’. Meijer depicts Stuart wearing his double-breasted shell jacket with federal staff officers’ buttons. His yellow silk general's sash is encircled by a Model 1851 Federal Sabre belt with plate. His left hand, in buckskin gauntlet, rests on his model 1860 cavalry sabre of French make.