J.E.B. Stuart’s Yellow Tavern memorial


Monument to J.E.B. Stuart on Old Telegraph Road at Yellow Tavern in HenricoMajor General James Ewell Brown Stuart was born Feb. 6, 1833, and died May 12, 1864, in the “The Battle of Yellow Tavern,” which was fought between Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s Cavalry and the Confederates Cavalry under Stuart.

JEB Stuart monument at Yellow TavernLate in the battle on May 11, 1864, Sheridan attacked Stuart on the high ground of this position, shattering the Confederate line. While trying to rally his men, Stuart was mortally wounded at a spot just off Old Telegraph Road.

Stuart is honored with a monument enclosed by an iron fence [slideshow]. A plaque at the site reads:

“This monument, erected in memory of Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, C.S.A. by his cavalrymen about thirty feet from the spot where he fell mortally wounded on May 11, 1864, was dedicated June 18, 1888, by the Governor of Virginia, Fitzhugh Lee, a former division commander in Stuart’s cavalry.”

It was re-dedicated May 9, 1964, by the Henrico County Civil War Centennial Commission. 

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Old Telegraph Road is a historic route from Richmond to Washington. It was replaced by U.S. Route 1, which was later replaced by Interstate 95 as the main road to D.C. The name comes from the fact that it was located along the telegraph line connecting Richmond and Washington.

The unique thing to me about visiting this monument is that Old Telegraph Road is now a little-used, no outlet neighborhood street. The memorial is on a knoll among some older brick ranch houses.

The monument is quite hidden and inconspicuous.  This is not in a high-profile location, despite the nearby junction of I-295 and Route 1 with Virginia Center Commons and the rest of the busy strip malls and restaurants in this spot in northern Henrico County. 

Stuart is an intriguing figure in the history of the Civil War. He was major general — chief of cavalry — in the Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States of America.

While he cultivated a cavalier image, his serious work made him the eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee’s army and inspired Southern morale. He is honored in a much more prominent location on Monument Avenue [slideshow] in The Fan District in Richmond — the capitol of his Confederacy at the time of his death. Stuart is buried at Hollywood Cemetery.

J.E.B. Stuart's grave at Hollywood Cemetery

J.E.B. Stuart's grave at Hollywood Cemetery

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16 responses to this post.

  1. Does the Yellow Tavern still exist? Is Shamburger’s Antiques at 5208 Brook Road the tavern?

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  2. Posted by John Proctor on August 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    We stayed at the Wyndham Crossing Hotel and Resort, in Glen Allen, VA. To find Yellow tavern, put this hotel location on your GPS. As you are heading down the street off the highway, Telegraph Hill Road will be on your right. Turn right and the monument is about 400 yards down on the right. It was very easy to locate. The monument was well maintained but no evidence of the old Yellow Tavern exists and it is difficult to comprehend from this location just what was happening at the time of Stuart’s death.

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    • Posted by E.C. B. on December 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Can you be more specific about the names of the roads you travelled on to get to the Stuart monument near Glen Allen? For example, you said you were “heading down the street off the highway”. Which street and/or highway? Also, is the name of the street Telegraph Hill Road (as in your message)? Or Old Telegraph Road (Va. historical marker on Route 1)? Or simply Telegraph Road?

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      • Posted by Proctor, John on December 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

        Hi, We stayed at the Windham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, Glen Allen, Virginia.. There is a major golf course there. I don’t remember the name of the street but it was the one that went directly to the hotel. If you check directions on getting to the hotel, you’ll find the street. Coming down toward the hotel from the highway, Telegraph Hill Rd. will be on your right. It surprised me how soon I reached it and was even more surprised that a short way down Telegraph Hill I came to the monument, which is also on the right. I was pleasantly surprised that it was on the street that I passed every time we left the hotel to go out to eat. I am sorry I cannot be more specific. John Proctor

  3. Posted by Buddy Inman on August 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Hard to find, but well worth it.

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  4. Posted by Elizabeth on July 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    The monument is located off the beaten path in a residential area Telegraph Road. The road leads into a deadend.
    Also, the monument is not very pretentious.
    One must climb stairs to reach groundlevel.
    Fortunately, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Richmond’s Chapter, Stonewall Jackson, maintains the monument. Rightly, the memory is preserved.

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  5. Posted by John Proctor on July 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I would also like to visit this site and would like some information on how to find it if I am coming from Fredricksburg on Rt. 95 or from Glen Allen, VA.

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  6. I recently came across your site and have been scaning along. I thought I could leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed scaning what you all have to say…

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  7. Posted by Harold on December 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Went and visited this today and while it is off the beaten path, it is impressive how well it is taken care of. Watch for the rather large Red tail Hawk that uses one of the bordering trees as his hunting lookout!

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  8. Posted by Jim priddy on October 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    The property where the battle was a part of the farm owned by Priddy , the Priddy grave yard is not far from where the battle took place. It is located west of route 1 and the farm had approx 250 A, maps of the 1860s show the land owned by Priddy.

    Jim Priddy

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    • Would you know anything about a farm in that area owned by Taliaferro?

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      • Posted by Eilzabeth Taliaferro Slawson on August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

        Again, would there be Taliaferros in that graveyard you mentioned above? My great, great grandfather, William Christopher Taliaferro and wife Mary Ann McGhee had farm in that same area where the current “Crossing Golf” course resides.

  9. Posted by Glenn Patteson on March 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I live right down the road on Rt. 1 from the site of his marker, but I’ve never been there, and can’t find it for the life of me. I’d really like to visit. Could you tell me the street address?

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  10. […] was mortally wounded at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in 1864 and died in Richmond just a few blocks away from where his monument is located at the […]

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  11. Posted by Brian on January 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I am a Civil War buff. Hollywood Cemetery is a wonderful place to visit. I go to Jefferson Davis’s and Stuart’s stones every time I visit. I have not been to the spot at Yellow Tavern, but would like to someday.

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