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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

May 11th, 1864 - The Battle of Yellow Tavern

Conflict: American Civil War

Combatants: Confederates vs. Federals

Location: Virginia (USA)

Outcome: Federal victory

As the Battle of Spotsylvania raged, Federal cavalry General Phillip Sheridan raided toward the south. Near Yellow Tavern Sheridan clashed with 4,500 Confederate troopers under J.E.B. Stuart. The smaller Confederate force was driven away and General Stuart suffered a mortal wound in the battle.

The Battle of Yellow Tavern by Edwin Forbes

Points of Interest:

  • The Union lost 625 troopers in Phillip Sheridan's raid near Yellow Tavern.

  • The talented and flamboyant General J.E.B. Stuart, called by Robert E. Lee his "eyes and ears", was only 31 when he was killed at Yellow Tavern.

General Phillip Sheridan by an unknown photographer
J.E.B. Stuart, C.S.A by an unknown photographer



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