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Dahlgren's ride into Fredericksburg. This incident is scarcely of sufficient importance to dem
requested that a cavalry reconnoissance of Fredericksburg should be made.
General Sigel selected hi newspaper account of Dahlgren's ride into Fredericksburg.
The contributors to the daily newspapers ovide, that had then their headquarters at Fredericksburg.
But these companies were distributed by us fords twenty-five or thirty miles above Fredericksburg, leaving at headquarters, besides the sick enemy, pursued them at full speed through Fredericksburg to Falmouth, killing one and wounding two , I question whether we had as many men in Fredericksburg at the time as Dahlgren, and of these seve Critcher, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding at Fredericksburg in the autumn of 1862.
Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, April 19, 1872. Judge Critcher:
Dear Sir — I regret very much that I am unable to assist you mate cle sent in regard to Dahlgren's ride into Fredericksburg.
The files of the Herald during the wa
Dahlgren's ride into Fredericksburg. This incident is scarcely of sufficient importance to demand a place in our papers, except as an illustration of how history is manufactured and a small affair magnified into a brilliant achievement by a sensational press. In the Memoir of Ulric Dahlgren, by his father, Rear Admiral Dahlgren, there is quoted from the account of a newspaper correspondent the following vivid sketch of the affair: I am sitting in Colonel Ashboth's tent, at General Sigel's headquarters, listening to a plain statement of what occurred, narrated by a modest, unassuming sergeant. I will give it briefly. General Burnside had requested that a cavalry reconnoissance of Fredericksburg should be made. General Sigel selected his body-guard, commanded by Captain Dahlgren, with fifty-seven of the First Indiana cavalry. It was no light task to ride forty miles, keep the movement concealed from the enemy, cross the river and dash through the town, especially as i