Dahlgren's Raid

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Information about the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid against Richmond, VA during the Civil War

Written Accounts

Charleston Mercury 3/3/1864; account of Dahlgren's Raid - notes the Armory Battalion engaging the enemy on the Westham road (Cary St.) and that 171 prisoners have been received at Libby
Richmond Sentinel 3/3/1864;  Part two of account of the repulse of Dahlgren's Raid. Indicates the Tredegar Battalion was responsible for the repulse. Includes testimony from prisoners at Libby and praise of Maj. T. P. Turner. Part one cannot be found at this time.
Richmond Sentinel 3/4/1864; correction: the Armory Battalion, not the Tredegar Battalion, were responsible for repulsing Dahlgren's raiders
Richmond Examiner 3/5/1864; account of the Dahlgren Raid and the papers found on Dahlgren's body
Richmond Sentinel 3/5/1864; account of the papers found on Col. Dahlgren's body with schedule and orders
Richmond Sentinel 3/5/1864; editorial concerning the Dahlgren raid; advocates like treatment of Lincoln and prisoners
Richmond Sentinel 3/5/1864; 25 more of Dahlgren's raiders have been received at Libby Prison
Richmond Sentinel 3/8/1864; The body of Ulric Dahlgren has been brought to Richmond - indicates that he was not exhibited, though the public clamored for views
Richmond Whig 3/8/1864; the body of Col. Ulric Dahlgren is on display at the York River depot; describes the corpse and mentions that it was buried in an unknown place
Richmond Whig 3/17/1864;  two Spotsylvania men are taken to Castle Thunder under charge of piloting Kilpatrick on the recent raid
Richmond Whig 3/21/1864; the papers found on Dahlgren's body have been filed in the War Department
Richmond Whig 3/26/1864; Dahlgren's crutch is at the Whig office
Official Records, I, Vol. XXXIII, p. 177 3/30/1864; letter from General Butler to Admiral Dahlgren assuring the admiral that the reports concerning the mistreatment of Col. Dahlgren's remains are false, and that the body would be forwarded on the next flag-of-truce
Official Records, I, Vol. XXXIII, pp. 177-180 4/1/1864; correspondence between General Lee and General Meade regarding the Dahlgren raid.
Official Records, I, Vol. XXXIII, pp. 170-176 4/8/1864; report of General Meade of the failed Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid; includes orders and correspondence before the raid as well as after it. Kilpatrick denies that the order to burn Richmond was authentic
New York Herald 4/13/1865; excellent letter from Richmond describing the Federal occupation of Richmond, mentions Tredegar, former slaves, Rocketts, former rebel hospitals (Chimborazo, Jackson, Stuart) - All patients now at Jackson, Stuart Hospital is now a US Post Hospital. Dahlgren's body found and is being returned to Washington. Castle Thunder and Libby Prison are now holding Confederates. Also notes veneration of Robert E. Lee in Richmond
Kilpatrick's and Dahlgren's Raid to Richmond George Pond's excellent account of Dahlgren's Raid
National Tribune 9/14/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond” part six of serialized account. Describes the feeling in Richmond at the time of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, Pawnee Sunday (1861), a female Confederate spy at his boarding house, and other details of life at his boarding house.
New York Times 4/5/1891; part nine of serialized account of life in Libby. Describes the plan to break out of Libby upon the success of Dahlgren's raid. Says that there were 1,200 prisoners in Libby at the time. Also noted that 20,000 others in Richmond between Belle Isle and Pemberton. Notes that prison authorities found out about the plot and brought in extra guards and artillery across the street. Relates hearsay evidence of Turner's statement that the prison was mined.
New York Times 4/12/1891; part ten of serialized account of life in Libby. Basically a refutation of Col. Di Cesnola's account regarding the action to be taken during Dahlgren's raid. Notes that Di Cesnola was the acknowledged leader. Continues with his narrative, describing how he faked being sick in order to be taken to the hospital, with the intent to be sent away.
Richmond Times-Dispatch 11/17/1901; good account of the burial of Col. Ulric Dahlgren in Oakwood Cemetery, and the raiding of the grave; author was a member of the 19th VA H.A., camped at Battery 5, and guarding Libby Prison at the time
Richmond Times-Dispatch 2/25/1906; assertion that Ulric Dahlgren's body was not abused, while lying at the York River R. R. depot; notes that a finger was gone

Pond, George E. "Kilpatrick's and Dahlgren's Raid to Richmond." Battles & Leaders Vol. 4: 95-96.

M'Anerny, John. "Dahlgren's Raid on Richmond." Confederate Veteran Vol. 29, pp. 20-2 1.

Cabell, William Preston. "How a Woman Helped to Save Richmond." Reprint from Memphis Commercial Appeal. Confederate Veteran Vol. 31, pp. 177-178.

Crouch, Richard G. "The Dahlgren Raid." Southern Historical Society Papers  Vol. 34 (1906), pp. 178-190.

Jones, J. William. "The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid Against Richmond." Southern Historical Society Papers  Vol. 13 (1889), pp. 515-560.

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