J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue


J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue

Ironwork around J.E.B. Stuart's statueWHAT: Statue honoring J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.

WHERE: Monument and Lombardy avenues in the Fan District, in the center of the intersection.

ARTIST: Fred Moynihan.

DEDICATION: May 30, 1907.

DESCRIPTION: A 15-foot-tall equestrian bronze statue mounted on a 7 1/2 half foot granite pedestal. The statue faces north and is the most animated of the Monument Avenue statues. The horse’s right foot is raised and Stuart is portrayed turned in the saddle to face east. It was unveiled by Virginia Stuart Waller, the general’s granddaughter. 

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Close-up look at J.E.B. Stuart on Monument AvenueConfederate General James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart 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 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 intersection with Lombardy Street.

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I’ve often heard the complaint from visitors and tourists what a shame it is that Stuart’s statue is facing the direction it is facing. Monument Avenue officially begins at this intersection. As the traffic heads east, the street becomes into Franklin Street and is one-way. That makes it tougher to drive by the monument and get a good look at Stuart, especially for tour buses. Traffic through the intersection also makes it tough to safely cross the street to get a closer look at the statue.  

No matter. I’ve always enjoyed the confines in Stuart Circle. The intersection is the most busy, architecturally speaking. The statue came first, but then came First English Lutheran Church (1911), St. John’s United Church of Christ (1928), Grace Covenant Presbyterian (1920-23) — and on opposite corners, the old Stuart Circle Hospital (now apartments) and the attractive high-rise Stuart Court Apartments.

Statue honoring J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Gerry B Askins on June 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    What a fine American! Being in New Orleans, this mayor has created soooooooo much racial tension! I feel like I’m in Africa again! I hope they don’t try to burn down the city or do Rwanda! Lord help us! I

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  2. The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society is currently raising funds to restore this monument. All donations are tax deductible. Donations of $100.00 or higher will receive a personally receipt signed by our honorary chairman, JEB Stuart IV. Donations should be sent to: STUART-MOSBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 5405 MIDSHIP COURT
    BURKE, VA. 22015. Write MOMUMENT FUND in memo section. Thank you.

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  4. Posted by Walter Ring on January 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Hail the great JEB Stuart!!!

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  5. Posted by Richard Helms on August 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I have had the pleasure of visiting this statue and marveling at the craftsmanship in capturing the most handsome features of both Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart and his magnificent steed. I have also had the distinct honor of meeting his Great Grandson, Col. J.E.B.Stuart, and the Colonel’s sons and grandsons. Virginians and Southern Gentlemen all, surely in their veins run the lifes- blood of a true hero, gentleman and Christian soldier.

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    • Posted by Tanner May on June 3, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      I am related to J.E.B. Stuart (The original) too. My great grandma’s great grandfather.

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