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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 09, 1862

Stuart Began Second Ride around McClellan

Confederate cavalry General J. E. B. Stuart began his second ride around McClellan’s Army; it would conclude on the 12th. Stuart lead his cavalrymen across the fords of the Potomac River into Union territory to Chambersburg, PA. He destroyed every telegraph line in the route of march, stole horses for military use, and burned pubic buildings. McClellan, as usual, did nothing, further exacerbating the tensions between him and President Lincoln.