#63 Ambushed Yellow Tavern, Virginia May 11, 1864

Yellow Tavern, Va. May 11, 1864


Death came to one of the South's most famous military leaders, General Jeb Stuart, today. Doctors had given him little chance to survive since his gunshot wound was inflicted yesterday. A Yankee soldier shot him in the stomach as he watched the general ride by. General Stuart was returning to the battlefront to watch his Army fight to save Richmond when he was struck down. The loss of Stuart puts General Lee in a tough spot. Lee has already lost Stonewall Jackson, and several of his other top generals are sick or injured. With Northern troops pressing harder than ever toward Richmond, General Lee must come to a fast decision. President Jefferson Davis has asked the Confederacy to mourn the dead leader.