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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffry D. Wert Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cavalryman of the Lost Cause is the first major biography in decades of the famous Confederate general J. E. B. Stuart. Based on research in manuscript collections, personal memoirs and reminiscences, and regimental histories, this comprehensive volume reflects outstanding Civil War scholarship. 

James Ewell Brown Stuart was the premier cavalry commander of the Confederacy. He gained a reputation for daring early in the war when he rode around the Union army in the Peninsula Campaign, providing valuable intelligence to General Robert E. Lee at the expense of Union commander George B. McClellan. Stuart has long been controversial because of his performance in the critical Gettysburg Campaign, where he was out of touch with Lee for several days; this left Lee uncertain about the size and movement of the Union army, information that would prove decisive when the battle began. In an engagement with the cavalry of Union general Philip Sheridan in spring 1864, Stuart was killed. He was only thirty-one. 

Cavalryman of the Lost Cause is a riveting biography of a towering figure of the Civil War, a fascinating and colorful work by one of our finest Civil War historians.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wert’s biography goes far in restoring Stuart’s claim to be the greatest cavalry officer ever foaled in America.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “This is a portrait of a Stuart more complex and, indeed, more attractive than either his friends or his enemies have painted in at least a generation. It deserves a prominent place beside Wert’s other books in any respectable Civil War collection.”


  • “One of the Civil War’s most popular historians has tackled one of its most memorable figures. Scrupulously avoiding the pitfalls of either blind worship or reckless iconoclasm, Jeffry Wert recounts the successes and failures of this remarkable soldier in a masterful study that combines diligent research and fresh analysis with the prose of a gripping novel. A must for any bookshelf—Blue or Gray.”

    Joseph Pierro, editor of The Maryland Campaign of September 1862

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chad | 7/18/2013

    " Interesting biography of J.E.B. Stuart from his early years to his death. His marriage, realtionships to Jackson and Robert E. Lee and his rivalries all paint an all too human portrait of a man who I previously never knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey Belcher | 5/1/2013

    " I have always known the basics of Jeb Stuart, but this book gave extensive insight to the man. Not only aspects of the war that I hadn't quite known, but of the man. Good must read for anyone interested in the Civil War. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Avis Black | 5/23/2012

    " If you like a junior-high-level biography written by an author who thinks it's dangerous to trust his readers with too much knowledge or let them think for themselves, go ahead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amy | 1/11/2011

    " I love all things about the civil war, but I tried & tried and just couldn't get into this book. "

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About the Author

Jeffrey D. Wert is the author of numerous books on Civil War topics, including Cavalryman of the Lost Cause and The Sword of Lincoln. His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including Civil War Times Illustrated, American History Illustrated, and Blue and Gray. A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, slightly more than one hour from the battlefield at Gettysburg.