(1828–62) Confederate army officer, born in Fauquier County, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Ashby commanded the various cavalry units attached to Gen. Stonewall Jackson in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, where he was noted for daring but not for the discipline of his troops. A member of Jackson's staff observed that Ashby's “service to the army was invaluable, but had he been as full of discipline as he was of leadership his successes would have been more fruitful and his reputation still greater.”
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.