Dahlgren’s Raid: A True Richmond Story

Here’s Richmond Magazine Senior Writer Harry “The Hat” Kollatz, Jr. giving a very entertaining talk on the Dahlgren Raid in 1864.



  1. Harry’s a good friend of mine here in RVA, and certainly is a “go-to” guy for anything to do with Richmond history. A great recommend is his “Richmond in Ragtime,” which covers a small handful of years just prior to WW1. Just when I think I’ve got a handle on something, Harry makes it plain that there’s that much more to know. In the case of the Dahlgren Raid, the cumulative telling/interpreting by the period Richmond papers makes for entertaining reading, especially when contrasted to the reporting contained in the OR.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think you’re fortunate to have such a witty friend. I really enjoyed his humor during the presentation. He really reminded me of Matt Frewer many times.

  2. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Well, Al, that was hilarious. Funny yet informative at the same time. Would bet that many stodgy historians would dismiss it as the rantings of an amateur. I, for one, enjoyed it immensely. Some of the dry, dull history professors I had back in HS and college could learn a thing or two from Kollatz. Nothing really new that I have not read before (the Dahlgren Raid has always been a favorite topic of mine), but a most interesting presentation. If I may suggest a good book on the subject —Duane Schultz’s “The Dahlgren Affair” (W.W. Norton, 1999). Thanks for sharing.

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