Caught at the moment he returned from an extended foray... ...Stuart's face - hat back - shows the moment he was chastised by Commanding General Lee... ...that open-mouthed moment of duty-failure realization... ...lips askew, disheveled, gritted, almost tear-eyed... ..but Lee forgave and refused Stuart's tenured sword-resignation - knowing J.E.B had uncharacteristically failed and was not replaceable.
Stuart had arrived back after two full days of battle at Gettysburg - having come close to Washington, D.C. and providing 200 wagons of rich plunder and needed supplies - but also failing to provide crucial intel for Lee on the position and makeup of the Army Of The Potomac... ...Cavalry was, after all, the UAV aerial recon of that day, and Lee had been blinded.
Any Officer or NCO with long-term military service has probably gone through some of the same...
Stuart's feathered hat star is unclasped and he is leaning forward... ..absorbing the impact of his mistake... ...like a child reprimanded. Such was the respect J.E.B.had for Lee, and Stuart's truthfulness to mistake.
Gettysburg was not Stuart's finest hour; having also failed to beat Custer on Day 3; events for us all to contemplate... ...nevertheless Stuart performed well both before and after Gettysburg, making him the South's most beloved Cavalry Commander.
A lesser known historical truth is the close friendship between J.E.B. Stuart and Frank Vizetelly, the Civil War Illustrator. Vizetelly regularly camped with Stuart at his invitation, entertained the General by story, song, and artwork, and followed many of Stuart's exploits - with the exclusion of Gettysburg since Vizettely was covering the Siege Of Vicksburg at the time.
Time Of Execution: 10 Hours
Technique / Media: Graphite, Prisma-Color, gouache on sepia paper.
Size: 11" x 14"