To win glory and power, to be renowned throughout posterity—such was the ambition that fueled Dahlgren's controversial rise to eminence during the Civil War era. This rich, balanced portrait examines in detail the admiral's quixotic, frustrating quest.
About the Author
Robert J. Schneller Jr. received a PhD in military history from Duke University in 1991. He then worked more than twenty years as an official historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington D.C. An award-winning author, Schneller published eight books during his career. He is now retired and living in northeastern Pennsylvania.
"Robert Schneller's A Quest for Glory is a well-written and crafted account of the somewhat tragic life of John Dahlgren—Abraham Lincoln's confidant, the foremost designer of naval guns of the Civil War era, and a U.S. Navy operational commander who struggled to meet the technological challenges of a new age of warfare along with his own and his president's expectations."—Michael A. Palmer, East Carolina University, author of Origins of the Maritime Strategy
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