As if the tide hadn’t already turned against the Confederates in the Civil War. One this day in 1864 they lost their greatest calvaryman-and one of their most colorful generals [and the Confederates had a number of colorful generals] when J.E.B. Stuart was fatally wounded at the Battle of Yellow Tavern. His death was another big blow and would affect the operations of General Robert E. Lee. Stuart was Lee’s ‘eyes.” Not that Stuart was perfect, he sure did flub it up at Gettysburg, going out on a joy ride when Lee really needed information. James Ewell Brown Stuart was 31 years old.