Ride Around McClellan
In part 139 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson relates the events of June 12, 1862. On this day, a reconnaissance mission began under the leadership of a young calvary chief, Jeb Stuart. The mission would take Stuart and 1200 horsemen around the largest fighting force ever assembled in the Western hemisphere. It made a hero of General Robert E. Lee, became the stuff of legend, and boosted the sagging morale of the Confederates.