1833 – Born at Laurel Hill on the 6th of February.
1848-1850 – James was enrolled at school in Wytheville. He attended Emory and Henry College.
1854 – He entered the Class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
– Stuart was assigned to the U.S. Mounted Rifles in Texas.
1857 – Stuart was wounded in July, while fighting on the frontier against Native Americans.
1859 – Stuart carried the orders for Colonel Robert E. Lee to proceed to Harpers Ferry to crush John Brown’s raid on the U.S. Arsenal there.
1861 – He was promoted to captain on the22nd of April.
– Resigned from the U.S. Army on the 14th of May to join the Confederate States Army, following the secession of Virginia.
1862 – Stuart led a raid north of the Rappahannock River, inflicting some 230 casualties while losing only 27 of his own men.
1863 – In May at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Stuart was appointed by Lee to take command of the Second Corps for a few days after Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson had been mortally wounded and did as well commanding infantry as he did cavalry.
1863 – He commanded the Southern horsemen at the Battle of Brandy Station, the largest predominantly cavalry engagement of the war, on the 9th of June.
1864 – Died on the 12th of May.