CDV OF GENERAL BRAGG

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Full-standing view of Braxton Bragg in Confederate uniform. He is wearing a double-breasted frock with rank insignia on collar and sleeves. He has a sword at his side. Image exhibits some foxing and a couple small silver fish nips. No printed backmark, however an “artist” name is penciled on the back, from Montgomery, Alabama.

Braxton Bragg (March 22, 1817 – September 27, 1876) was an American army officer during the Second Seminole War and Mexican–American War and Confederate army officer who served as a general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, serving in the Western Theater.

Though opposed to secession, Bragg organized Louisiana troops during the secession crisis and seized the Federal arsenal at Baton Rouge on January 11, 1861. After Louisiana’s secession, Bragg was appointed major general commanding the state’s forces before joining the Confederate army in March.  In September, Bragg assumed command of the Department of West Florida and supervised the instruction of troops there.  In February 1862, Bragg requested that he and his 10,000 troops be transferred to Albert Sidney Johnston’s command in Corinth, Mississippi, where he believed they would be of more use.  By that Spring Bragg commanded a corps in Johnston’s army and led it at the Battle of Shiloh, where received a promotion to full general for his leadership.

Following the loss of Corinth, Mississippi, Bragg replaced Beauregard as commander of the Confederate Army of Mississippi, later renamed the Army of Tennessee. Under Bragg the army scored partial victories—at places like Perryville, Stones River, and Chickamauga—but never delivered the finishing blow.  This infuriated his subordinates, who were already frustrated with Bragg’s poor temper and combative personality. Many advocated for Bragg’s removal, but Davis’ support for his old friend was unwavering.  Only after Bragg’s defeat at Chattanooga in November 1863, did Davis accept Bragg’s resignation as army commander. Bragg, however, remained active in the Confederate army for the duration of the war, serving as military advisor to President Davis and as a corps commander under Joseph E. Johnston at the Battle of Bentonville in 1865.  Bragg attended the last final cabinet meeting of the Confederate government as was captured on May 9 in Georgia.

The U.S. Government confiscated Bragg’s prewar home during the war, forcing him and his wife to relocate to Alabama after his parole in 1865.  He worked in a number of fields, including a brief stint an agent in a life insurance company and railroad inspector.  Bragg collapsed in Galveston, Texas on September 27, 1876, and died fifteen minutes later at age of 59, and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama. [jet] [ph:L]

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