Civil War-dated ALS signed "J. E. B. Stuart, Major Gnl," one page, 3 x 2, February 24, 1864. Addressed from Cavalry Corps Headquarters, the handwritten letter reads: "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." Matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 9.75 x 12.75. In fine condition.
The Jeff Davis Cavalry Legion was organized in January 1862, using the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus. It included two Alabama, one Georgia, and three Mississippi companies and soon distinguished itself as one of the elite Confederate cavalry units of the war. Commanded by Colonel William T. Martin, the Jeff Davis Cavalry Legion unit served under General Hampton, Butler, and P. M. B. Young. It participated in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Williamsburg to Cold Harbor, then was active north and south of the James River. In 1865 the unit was assigned to General Logan's brigade and surrendered with the Army of the Tennessee.
At the Battle of Yellow Tavern on May 11, 1864, Stuart led a countercharge of the Confederate cavalry. He fired his revolver at the Union troops and was subsequently shot by a soldier from the 5th Michigan Cavalry, succumbing from his wound the following day. Dating to less than three months before Stuart's death, this is an important handwritten message from one of the more famous generals of the Civil War.
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