In 1855, Stuart met Flora Cooke, the daughter of the commander of the 2nd U.S. Dragoon Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Philip St. George Cooke. Flora was described as "an accomplished horsewoman, and though not pretty, an effective charmer."
|Flora Cooke Jackson|
Stuart was wounded on July 29, 1857, while fighting at Solomon River, Kansas against the Cheyenne. Colonel Sumner ordered a charge with drawn sabers against a wave of Indian arrows. Scattering the warriors, Stuart and three other lieutenants chased one down, whom Stuart wounded in the thigh with his pistol. The Cheyenne turned and fired at Stuart with an old-fashioned pistol, striking him in the chest with a bullet, which did little more damage than to pierce the skin.
On November 14, 1857, Flora gave birth to another daughter, whom the parents named Flora after her mother. The family relocated in early 1858 to Fort Riley, where they remained for three years.
|Harpers Ferry 1859|
Philip St. George Cooke
|John Rogers Cooke|
|Cavalry Charge Near Brandy Station|
The Battle of Yellow Tavern occurred May 11, at an abandoned inn located six miles north of Richmond. The Confederate troopers tenaciously resisted from the low ridgeline bordering the road to Richmond, fighting for over three hours. A countercharge by the 1st Virginia Cavalry pushed the advancing Union troopers back from the hilltop as Stuart, on horseback, shouted encouragement while firing his revolver at the Union troopers.
Gustavus W. Dorsey
|The Battle of Yellow Tavern, May 11, 1864|
"Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee"
|Temporary Marker at Grave of Stuart in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia|
|Stuart Monument near site of shooting|
“This monument, erected in memory of Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, C.S.A. by his cavalrymen about thirty feet from the spot where he fell mortally wounded on May 11, 1864, was dedicated June 18, 1888, by the Governor of Virginia, Fitzhugh Lee, a former division commander in Stuart’s cavalry.”
Flora wore the black mourning clothes for the remainder of her life, and never remarried. She lived in Saltville, Virginia for 15 years after the war, where she opened and taught at a school in a log cabin.
|John Esten Cooke|
A statue of General J.E.B. Stuart by sculptor Frederick Moynihan was dedicated on Richmond's Monument Avenue at Stuart Circle in 1907. Like General Stonewall Jackson, his equestrian statue faces north, indicating that he died in the war.
|Statue of General J.E.B. Stuart|
Richmond's Monument Avenue at Stuart Circle
|Stuart in Charles Hoffbauer's large-scale mural, "Autumn,"|
from "The Four Seasons of the Confederacy"
|Grave of Flora and J.E.B. Stuart|
|Stuart Monument at Hollywood Cemetery|
|Confederate battle flag, sewn by Flora Stuart|