Thursday, May 8, 2014

March 16, 1864 (Sunday): Meade Worries About Stuart

Confederate Cavalry (Harper's Weekly)

March 16, 1864-10. 30 p. m. (Received 11. 30 p. m.)
Major General C. C. AUGUR, Washington:
    Our scouts report Jeb Stuart as collecting a cavalry force at Fredericksburg, intending to cross there as soon as the Rappahannock is fordable, to operate on our rear. they say it was reported another force was to move on my right flank and rear.

     GEO. G. MEADE,

Official Records, Series I., Vol. 33, Part 1, Page 683.

Throughout the war generals had to worry about the threat posed by cavalry to their supply lines and depots.  While the Confederate cavalry was considerably thinned at this point in the war, the name Stuart still inspired concern.  

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