Braxton Bragg
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Braxton T. Bragg (1817 - 1876)

General Braxton T. Bragg
Born in Warrenton, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 7 Jun 1849 [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Galveston, Texas, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Sep 2014
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General Braxton Bragg served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: 1861
Mustered out: 1865
Side: CSA

Biography

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


Sources


  • 1860 US Census, Lafourche, Louisiana
Braxton Bragg M 43 North Carolina
Eliza Bragg F 32 Mississippi
Citing this Record
"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFP6-PJT : 30 December 2015), Braxton Bragg, 1860.

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Bragg-606 and Bragg-1949 appear to represent the same person because: I searched for Braxton Bragg and didn't find him, so I started a new profile. After I found this through the Confederate generals category. My mother's maiden name is Bragg and I am distantly related to General Bragg.
posted by Kelly Barnes
I have added a link to this profile from the profile of 2d Lt. Alonzo Chubb of the 105 OVI. Bragg directed that a letter be written informing Union military leaders that Chubb, Cap. Canfield and 1st Lt. Tourgée were being held. This was in retaliation for three civilians being held by the Union.