Early, Jubal Anderson (1816–1894), a United States and Confederate army officer. Early was an opponent of secession, but after his home state, Virginia, seceded, he accepted a commission in the Confederate army. He commanded troops at 1st and 2nd Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Antietam, and Gettysburg, and during the Wilderness Campaign. In 1864 he was promoted to lieutenant general and led his forces on a raid across the Potomac River, threatening Washington, D.C. Union troops, under General Philip Sheridan, were sent to engage Early's forces, and Early was outgeneraled in a series of battles in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, 1864–65.
After the war, Early fled the country. He returned in 1869 but remained “unreconstructed” (loyal to Confederate ideals) until his death.
Early was born in Franklin County, Virginia. He graduated from West Point in 1837 and fought in the Seminole War. He later practiced law, was a member of the Virginia legislature, and served in the Mexican War.