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Gen Charles Gustavus Dahlgren

Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Death: December 18, 1888 (77)
New York, Kings, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi, United States
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Son of Bernhard Ulric Gustavus Dahlgren and Martha McConnell Dahlgren
Husband of Mary Edgar Dahlgren and Mary M. Ellis / Dahlgren
Father of Edgar McWhorter Dahlgren; John Armfield Dahlgren; Martha Jane Dahlgren; Gustavus Vannoy Dahlgren; Rowan Foote Dahlgren and 11 others
Brother of Admiral John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren; Martha Matilde Read; William Theodore De Rohan and Washington Dahlgren

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About Gen Charles Gustavus Dahlgren

Brigadier General in the Confederate Army in the Civil War.

Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Army of Mississippi.

Born on August 13, 1811 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a banker for the Bank of the United States at Natchez, Mississippi. He was also as very active in other enterprises throughout the South.

He raised the Brigade (3rd and 7th Mississippi Infantry Regt.) by his own means. But, when the Brigade was transferred from State service to Confederate service, he lost his command. The General was known as being a man with strong temper and opinions, and strongly opposed this transfer. This cost him his command, and started a feud with the family of President Davis that lasted from 1862 to 1906.

"Charles G. Dahlgren came from a family that played a prominent role in the effort to preserve the Union. His older brother, John A. Dahlgren, was a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed a measure of fame for inventing the Dahlgren gun. In 1864, John's son, Col. Ulric Dahlgren, died in a Union cavalry raid against Richmond. Charles's other brother, William, spent part of the war in England spying on Confederate purchasing agents. In ironic contrast, Charles's compelling story evolves within the hierarchy of Southern aristocracy."[1]

The General was descended from a Swedish immigrant. His father was Swedish.


Charles Dahlgren of Natchez: The Civil War and Dynastic Decline by Herschel Gower - Brassey's, Inc., $17.95 Paperback | 293 pages | 1574885251 | September 2002

Charles Dahlgren was born in Philadelphia, where his father Bernhard Ulric Dahlgren, a businessman from Uppsala, had settled down. Charles worked at a bank in Philadelphia. But later on he moved to the trade-city Natchez at the Mississippi river. There he worked at a department office. When the office stopped it's business he remained in the South and bought plantations and slaves and he became a very rich man. He was very devoted to the South and when the war started, he got himself alot of men and created a regiment, the 3rd Mississippi.

Later he got wounded in a battle at Vicksburg but came back to his regiment very fast. In May 1862 he became a kommendant at Camp Moore, where they controlled the lower part of the Mississippi river. They managed to hold the that part of the river for over one year, despite of all battles that were fought. Dahlgren continiued to fight for the South against the Union armies at Corinth, Atlanta and Chickamauga. Four months before the war ended the president Jefferson Davis promoted Dahlgren to brigade commander. After the war he went to New Orleans. He was now very poor because all of his plantations had been confiscated by the goverment and his slaves had been released. After some years he moved with his family to New York where he died 1888.

"Svenskarna under Stjärnbaneret" by Alf Åberg

Charles Dahlgren of Natchez: The Civil War and Dynastic Decline. By Herschel Gower.

Review of Charles Dahlgren of Natchez: The Civil War and Dynastic Decline. By Herschel Gower.

Brigadier General Mississippi Troops Confederate States of America

Place of birth: Philadelphia, PA Place of death: Brooklyn, NY Father: Bernard Ulrich Dahlgren Mother: Martha Rowan 1st wife: Mary M. Routh (buried next to her) Marker erected 18 Jan 1982 by Prof. Herschel Gower

Info provided by J. Sims (* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Nov 22 2018, 12:24:56 UTC

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