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The other burning question on Lee’s mind was the whereabouts of Jeb Stuart. It had been the assumption, when Lee approved the plan for the cavalry raid, that Stuart would be across the Potomac and in contact with Ewell’s corps within three or at most four days— that is by June 28 or 28. Lee had further assumed that during their separation the always resourceful Stuart would get word to him of any changes in the Federal dispositions. But there had been not word. The Federals had crossed the Potomac and advanced dangerously near before being discovered. The sole notice of Stuart had arrived just the day before, the 29th. A Second Corps’ staff man, James Power Smith, on his way from Richmond to join Ewell, told Lee that as of June 28, Stuart and his cavalry were still back in Virginia. According to Lieutenant Smith, “The General was evidently surprised and disturbed” by this report.
— from Stephen W. Sears, Gettysburg (2003)

Philip Dray was interviewed by Jon Stewart last week; really!! Jon Stewart is, of course, no relation to Jeb Stuart; so what if Old Caz doesn’t know how to embed a Daily Show video?

8th New York Cavalry monument, Gettysburg; photo by Brian Berger, April 2010

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