A Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren (Hardback)Robert John Schneller (author)
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This rich, balanced portrait examines in exhaustive detail Dahlgren's quixotic, frustrating quest. Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance in 1862, Dahlgren was recognized as the top ordnance expert in America and was known around the world. He achieved this reputation largely for inventing the Dahlgren gun, the most powerful and reliable naval cannon of its day and the standard armament on Union warships. But because ordnance work did not yield the glory he so desperately desired, he abandoned the post of bureau chief for a fighting berth. With the help of friend Abraham Lincoln, he took command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron - only to preside over the Navy's greatest disappointment during the war, the failure to capture Charleston.
Drawing on Dahlgren's meticulously kept diaries and records and recently uncovered family papers, author Robert Schneller describes with a biographer's sensitivity and a historian's perspective the admiral's many technical triumphs as well as the plots, duels, intrigues, and betrayals that plagued Dahlgren's life.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Number of pages: 452
Weight: 948 g
Dimensions: 230 x 163 x 38 mm