Braxton Bragg was born in Warrenton, North Carolina, one of the six sons of Thomas and Margaret Crosland Bragg. One of his older brothers was future Confederate Attorney General Thomas Bragg.
Bragg visited Evergreen Plantation in Thibodaux, Louisiana, after the Mexican-American War, where he met 23-year-old Eliza Brooks Ellis, known to her friends as Elise, a wealthy sugar heiress. They were married on June 7, 1849.
He was a principal commander in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. He commanded the Army of Tennessee for 17 months, leading them to several defeats and losing most of the state of Tennessee. Throughout these campaigns, Bragg fought almost as bitterly against some of his uncooperative subordinates as he did against the enemy, and they made multiple attempts to have him replaced as army commander. The defeat at Chattanooga was the last straw, and Bragg was recalled in early 1864 to Richmond. After these losses he became military adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
On September 27, 1876, Bragg was walking down a street with a friend in Galveston, Texas, when he suddenly fell over unconscious. Dragged into a drugstore, he was dead within 10 to 15 minutes.
Braxton was born in 1817. He passed away in 1876, age 59, and is buried in the Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama
Commands held: Army of Mississippi (1862) Army of Tennessee (1863)
Battles/wars: Second Seminole War
Mexican–American War Siege of Fort Brown Battle of Monterrey Battle of Buena Vista
American Civil War Battle of Shiloh Battle of Perryville Battle of Stones River Tullahoma Campaign Battle of Chickamauga Battles for Chattanooga Second Battle of Fort Fisher Battle of Bentonville
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