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Stuart's RideIt was well before dawn on June 12, 1862 when Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the legendary and dashing Cavalier of the Confederacy, set out north from the Confederate capital of Richmond on a daring reconnaissance mission.  General Robert E. Lee (CSA) had just taken command of the newly-dubbed “Army of Northern Virginia,” and needed Stuart to ascertain the exact size and location of U.S. General George B. McClellan’s Union Army, camped to the north and east and threatening Richmond.  “Jeb” Stuart and 1,200 troopers rode over 100 miles in four days, completely circumnavigating the Union Army and providing General Lee with vital information he needed to conduct his victorious Seven Days Campaign.  The feat made Stuart an instant legend and hero to Richmonders.

Scroll down or click the links below to learn more about the legendary Trail of the Cavalier.

STUART’S RIDE – A new Virginia Civil War Trail

STUART’S RIDE – Civil War Trails Map - pdf

Commemorative Event Photos


Stuart's RideIn 2012, RICHMOND DISCOVERIES worked closely with local governments, historic sites, and Virginia Civil War Trails to coordinate the creation of a new Virginia Civil War Trail.  “STUART’S RIDE” commemorates the daring June 1862 ride of Confederate cavalry leader “Jeb” Stuart and his 1,200 troopers around U.S. Gen. George McClellan’s Union Army.  This information provided Gen. Robert E. Lee (CSA) with the vital information he needed to conduct his victorious Seven Days Campaign and save Richmond.

Stuart's Ride, Virginia Civil War Trails


STUART’S RIDE Civil War TrailOn June 10, 2012, STUART'S RIDE became an official part of the Virginia Civil War Trails system. Markers in place along the trail are like the one located at Brook Run in Henrico County pictured above.                       

The trail passes through four counties. With the help of committed people like you, who appreciate the importance of our Civil War history, it is the hope of RICHMOND DISCOVERIES that we can continue to add markers to complete the story begun by those already in place.  

Click here to download a map and driving directions of the STUART’S RIDE Civil War Trail

We hope you enjoy following the Trail of the Cavalier! 
Note:  Adobe software required.  Map is 8”x14”

The 150th anniversary of STUART’S RIDE was marked by local commemorative reenactment events.  Click here to see event pictures.




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