Biden saves AOC’s life at the Battle of Yellow Tavern: American Civil War History

The American Civil War took place from 1861-1865. Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States. The Republican Party was the controlling party leading the Union against the Confederate Army and slavery.

On May 9th, 1864, under the order of the new leader of the Union Army, Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, Major General Philip H. Sheridan led his cavalry corps to a raid on Richmond, VA. Sheridan led 10,000 cavalrymen and 6 batteries of horse artillery along a 13 mile stretch of Telegraph Road from Fredericksburg, VA to Richmond, VA. They were engaged by Brigadier General Williams C. Wickham’s Confederate Brigade within the first 2 hours of their journey. The attacks had little effect.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer was rescuing 400 Union troops captured by Confederates at Beaver Dam Station. They were about to be loaded on a train bound for Richmond, VA. Beaver Dam Station was a main supply depot for General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army. Custer and his troops occupied the station. Custer liberated several barrels of whiskey as well as AOC from the station. AOC had been with the Confederate Army since the beginning of the war working as a serving wench for its troops. AOC was furious. She had been earning a good living but now found herself unemployed and homeless. She was also relieved that Custer had believed her story of being a slave and held against her will. She escaped to the home of Edmund Fontaine at Beaver Dam plantation where Jeb Stuart’s wife and children resided.

Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart (Jeb Stuart), led a cavalry force for the Confederates against Sheridan. After seeing the destruction at Beaver Dam Station, he rode to Beaver Dam Plantation where he found his wife, Flora, and his children safe. Biden was among Stuart’s horsemen who arrived at Beaver Dam Plantation. Upon their arrival, Biden quickly sniffed both Flora and Stuart’s children’s hair. Biden then laid eyes upon AOC and screamed, “You ain’t black!”. Complete chaos ensued. Stuart was angered by Biden’s sniffing habits as well as AOC posing as a house servant. Stuart drew his gun to shoot AOC and Biden. Flora and the kids fled to their rooms. Biden started talking. “Well, Jeb, you know that thing uh um the thing. The thing.” Biden continued talking gibberish. Jeb acquired the worst headache of his life. Finally, Jeb told Biden to take AOC, a horse, and leave. Biden saved AOC from certain death that day in 1864. Stuart led his cavalry to stop at an abandoned inn called the Yellow Tavern where he continued his military campaign against Sheridan. On the night of May 12, 1864, General Robert E. Lee received a telegram stating that Stuart had been mortally wounded in battle.


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