1. Seniority aside, was Alfred Pleasonton the man for the job?
2. Was Pleasonton's plan for the reconnaissance across the Rappahannock sound?
3. Were his subordinate commanders (Buford, Gregg & Duffie) competent for the tasks assigned?
4. Given the uncertainties of command, control and communications during the Civil War, was Pleasonton's plan for the approach upon Culpeper reasonable?
5. Should Stuart have been cognizant of the presence of the Union Cavalry Corps?
6. What steps could Stuart have taken to avoid the surprise the befell him on June 9?