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The Last Full Measure - Study Guide Part 2, Stuart (May 11, 1864) Lee (May 11, 1864) Chamberlain (May 14, 1864): Chapters 19-21 Summary & Analysis

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Stuart prepares his Confederate cavalry to meet Sheridan's larger force. Sheridan's cavalry column stretches ten miles long, the largest force of this kind ever, and outnumbers Stuart by three to one. On top of this, Stuart knows that Sheridan's men have been equipped with seven-shot repeating carbines. He expects the Union cavalry to move straight south to Richmond. His troops await the confrontation at the Yellow Tavern. Sheridan's forces instead dismount and form battle lines. The lines head straight for Stuart's position, and he realizes that Richmond is not the goal. Instead, he is their target. A thunderstorm breaks out, giving Stuart's men welcome cover. However, the rain also penetrates and dampens some men's gunpowder, rendering their carbines useless. The fight lasts all morning and into the afternoon, a confused battle...

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