Dahlgren Affair by Duane SchultzDahlgren Affair by Duane Schultz

Dahlgren Affair

byDuane Schultz

Hardcover | August 15, 1999

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 105 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


March 5, 1864, was the day on which the Civil War changed to what the Richmond Examiner called "a war of extermination, of indiscriminate slaughter and plunder." It changed because of a few sheets of paper found on a muddy trail outside Richmond. Their legacy was a new and terrible style of warfare.

In a daring but failed cavalry, raid to free thousands of Union prisoners, the Union commander -- twenty-one-year-old Ulric Dahlgren -- was killed; on his body were found orders purportedly instructing his men to find and execute Jefferson Davis and the rest of the Confederate cabinet, There was an immediate outpouring of horrified, indignant rage throughout the South, and after the Union disclaimed any knowledge of the papers or the order they contained, Jefferson Davis authorized the use of terrorism against civilians in the North in the form of guerrilla raids, bank robberies, arson, and sabotage.

This compelling narrative is the first full-length analysis of the link between Dahlgren's failed raid and the Confederate campaign of terror.

Title:Dahlgren AffairFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.73 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:W W NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393319865

ISBN - 13:9780393319866


From Our Editors

In an attempt to free thousands of Union prisoners, Ulric Dahlgren died. The papers found on him described a plan to kill Jefferson Davis and the Confederate cabinet and The Dahlgren Affair describes how the South retaliated with great brutality after the Union denied knowledge of the scheme. Jefferson Davis supported the use of terrorism against civilians in the North to get revenge. This book is the first one to offer full-length analysis of this bloody struggle.