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Ulric Dahlgren was a brilliant, ambitious young man who became the youngest full colonel in the United States Army at the age of twenty-one, yet died before his twenty-second birthday. This is the first biography of Dahlgren, and thankfully it was penned by cavalry expert and award-winning author Eric J. Wittenberg. Wittenberg s account chronicles Dahlgren s full life story, with a deep look at his military career and extensive connections within the nation s capital, all of which led to the climax of his life: the notorious Dahlgren Raid. Like a Meteor Burning Brightly: The Short but Controversial Life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren is based upon a plethora of source material, including previously unknown or little-used archival sources. Anyone interested in the Civil War in general, or just a fascinating life well-told, will want this book on their shelf.
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"By unearthing new sources and re-examining old ones, biographer Wittenberg offers a new and clearer definition of this complex character." --Stephen Sears, civil war historian and author, "Gettysburg"About the Author:
Eric J. Wittenberg is an attorney and a Civil War historian. He is author of Glory Enough for All, Protecting the Flank, and The Union Cavalry Comes of Age. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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