Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1871. Octavo. Item #027312
308 pages. (4)pp. ads. In 1864, he led an unsuccessful raid on the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia and was killed. The failed raid resulted in the Dahlgren Affair after incriminating documents were discovered on Dahlgren's corpse which 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. There is speculation that these papers may have contributed to John Wilkes Booth's decision to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln a year later. Inscribed by Mrs. Dahlgren on the second blank, bound in brown cloth over beveled boards centrally stamped in blind, spine lettering gilt, brown coated endpapers, slight wear to spine ends and corners, some toning to page edges. A very nice copy.