Col. Ulric Dahlgren (seen here as a captain)
|Born||April 3, 1842|
|Died||March 2, 1864
(near Stevensville), King and Queen County, Virginia
|Buried at||Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia|
|Allegiance|| United States of America
|Years of service||1861 - 1864|
|Wars||American Civil War|
|Relations||Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren (father)|
Ulric Dahlgren (April 3, 1842 – March 2, 1864) served as a Union Army colonel. He was in command of an unsuccessful 1864 raid on the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, and was killed in the raid. The major consequence of the failed raid was the Dahlgren Affair after incriminating documents were discovered on Dahlgren's corpse.
American Civil War
Papers found on Dahlgren's corpse shortly after his death contained orders for an assassination plot against Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The discovery and publication of the Dahlgren Papers sparked controversy in the South. The disrespectful display of Dahlgren's corpse in Richmond inflamed Northern public opinion, until the intervention of Elizabeth Van Lew enabled its burial, at considerable risk to the Union spy network she ran in the Confederate capital. The papers may have contributed to John Wilkes Booth's decision to assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln a year later.
- Dahlgren p. 11
- Wittenberg, Eric J. "Ulric Dahlgren in the Gettysburg Campaign". Retrieved 2009-02-16.
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