Bold Dragoon: The Life of J.E.B. Stuart

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Author: M. Philip Lucas
Date: Fall 2001
From: The Historian(Vol. 64, Issue 1)
Publisher: Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 471 words

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Bold Dragoon: The Life of J. E. B. Stuart. By Emory M. Thomas. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999. Pp. xv, 354. $15.95.)

Originally published in 1986, Emory M. Thomas's biography of J. E. B. Stuart remains the authoritative work on the Confederacy's greatest cavalry officer. Thomas's goal is to look beyond the stereotype and the myths of the gallant Southern knight. Stuart's "humanity deserves a hearing," and Thomas does this successfully (3).

Determination, intelligence, and self-promotion enabled Stuart to succeed in the antebellum army. Although he was the neglected, youngest son of a well-connected, Virginia Piedmont family, Stuart did secure an appointment to West Point. There he discovered an aptitude for military life and began a...

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