James Ewell Brown Stuart sported a cape and ostrich-plumed hat to cultivate a brash image to match his battlefield actions. His beard may be the most understated thing about him.
As a Calvary commander under Lee, Stuart earned a series of dynamic successes in the War’s first half. He notoriously led his Calvary Corp on complete circuits around the Army of the Potomac on two occasions. His aggressive style backfired at Gettysburg where his over-extension deprived Lee of vital reconnaissance information. Stuart died the next year at the Battle of Yellow Tavern.