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The Resource A quest for glory : a biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, Robert J. Schneller, Jr

A quest for glory : a biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, Robert J. Schneller, Jr

Label
A quest for glory : a biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Title
A quest for glory
Title remainder
a biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Statement of responsibility
Robert J. Schneller, Jr
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
To win glory and power, to be renowned throughout posterity--such was the ambition that fueled John A. Dahlgren's controversial rise to eminence during the Civil War era. While he ranks with the foremost contributors to the American naval tradition and is known as the "father of American naval ordnance," personal conflicts and the lack of major victories at sea nearly obscured his historic legacy. 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 Unon 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 tool 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 appears, 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 hat plagued Dahlgren's life. THis assiduously researched work fills a vast hole in the literature of American naval history and provides a rare look inside the tormented psyche of a man whose greatness was eclipsed, in part, by his own actions
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schneller, Robert John
Dewey number
359/.0092
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E467.1.D13
LC item number
S36 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard
  • United States
  • Admirals
  • Charleston (S.C.)
  • Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard
  • Amerikaanse burgeroorlog
  • Zeemacht
  • Biographie
Label
A quest for glory : a biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, Robert J. Schneller, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 421-436) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The quest begins : 1809-1826 -- The reefer, the sailing navy, and the steam navy : 1826-May 1834 -- The young officer : May 1834-1846 -- American Naval Ordnance before 1850 -- Inventing the Dahlgren gun : 1847-1850 -- Early development : 1850-1851 -- Overcoming entrenched resistance : 1851-1853 -- Arming the fleet : 1853-1854 -- The crises of 1855 : October 1854-October 1855 -- Development during production : October 1855-August 1856 -- Dahlgren's star rising : 1856-1859 -- The rifle question : 1859-1860 -- Dahlgren and Lincoln : 1860-1861 -- Monitor versus Virginia : February 1861-March 1862 -- THe last straw : March-July 1862 -- The bureau of ordnance : July 1862-June 1863 -- Morris Island and Fort Sumter : July-December 1863 -- Stalemate : January-November 1864 -- The Fall of Charleston and the end of the war : November 1864-July 1865 -- Washington and South America : July 1865-July 1868 -- Dahlgren's star fades : July 1868-July 1868
Control code
32589227
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 452 pages
Isbn
9781557507624
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95020085
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)32589227
Label
A quest for glory : a biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, Robert J. Schneller, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 421-436) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The quest begins : 1809-1826 -- The reefer, the sailing navy, and the steam navy : 1826-May 1834 -- The young officer : May 1834-1846 -- American Naval Ordnance before 1850 -- Inventing the Dahlgren gun : 1847-1850 -- Early development : 1850-1851 -- Overcoming entrenched resistance : 1851-1853 -- Arming the fleet : 1853-1854 -- The crises of 1855 : October 1854-October 1855 -- Development during production : October 1855-August 1856 -- Dahlgren's star rising : 1856-1859 -- The rifle question : 1859-1860 -- Dahlgren and Lincoln : 1860-1861 -- Monitor versus Virginia : February 1861-March 1862 -- THe last straw : March-July 1862 -- The bureau of ordnance : July 1862-June 1863 -- Morris Island and Fort Sumter : July-December 1863 -- Stalemate : January-November 1864 -- The Fall of Charleston and the end of the war : November 1864-July 1865 -- Washington and South America : July 1865-July 1868 -- Dahlgren's star fades : July 1868-July 1868
Control code
32589227
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 452 pages
Isbn
9781557507624
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95020085
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)32589227

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