George Hume Steuart

Brigadier General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

George Hume "Maryland" Steuart was born at Baltimore, Maryland, August 24, 1828. He was graduated from West Point when he was but nineteen years of age, though he stood thirty-seventh in a class of thirty-eight members. After routine cavalry service on the frontier he resigned his commission on April 22, 1861, and was appointed captain of cavalry in the Regular Confederate Army. Upon the formation of the 1st Maryland Infantry Steuart became its lieutenant colonel, and after First Manassas succeeded Arnold Elzey as colonel. Promoted brigadier general to rank from March 6, 1862, he commanded a brigade of four Virginia regiments and his old Maryland regiment in Ewell's division during the Valley campaign of that spring. He was seriously wounded at Cross Keys and disabled for some time. At Gettysburg he led a brigade in Edward Johnson's division of the 2nd Corps, and continued in command thereof until he and most of the division were captured in the "Mule Shoe" at Spotsylvania, early, in the morning of May 12, 1864. After his exchange he was assigned a brigade in Pickett's division north of the James, which he subsequently led at the battle of Five Forks and during the Appomattox campaign. After the war General Steuart took up residence on a farm in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He died at South River, Maryland, November 22, 1903. For many years he served as commander of the Maryland division of the United Confederate Veterans. He is buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.