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Flowers left for Ulric Dahlgren
Enemy or no, a brave man rates a salute. Sir, you were dealt a very bad hand by your [unknown] superiors, but that's a Soldier's chance. Even granting that civilian officials are proper targets in wartime, the list of those who would have dared order such an operation is very short. Gen. Meade denied to Gen. Lee all prior knowledge, & as an Officer & a Gentleman, I believe him. Your mission had virtually no chance of success, but you bravely followed [probably] lawful orders. Numerous authors give a much fuller accoutnt, but none knows the answer of ultimate responsibility. As a Confederate, I am glad your venture failed, but I am sorry good man had to die. Rest Well, Colonel.
- Bob Hufford
 Added: Mar. 2, 2006

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