Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond 1864
Bruce will be discussing the focus of his book, Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864. The ostensible goal of the controversial Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond (February 28–March 3, 1864) was to free some 13,000 Union prisoners of war held in the Confederate capital. But orders found on the dead body of the raid’s subordinate commander, Colonel Ulric Dahlgren, point instead to a plot to capture or kill Confederate president Jefferson Davis and set Richmond ablaze. What really happened, a how, and why, are debated to this day.