Yet more on Gen. Bragg

As I’ve said, Gen. Bragg is interesting enough to be worthy of a book or two, and, indeed, there have been several. Here we conclude Dr. S.H. Stout’s recollections of Bragg from Confederate Veteran magazine of May, 1895:

“Gen. Braxton Bragg was born in Warrenton, N. C., in 1815. He was one of the thirty seven graduates from West Point, and appointed Lieutenant of Artillery. He served in the Seminole war, and was ordered to Texas just before the war began in Mexico. He distinguished himself in the hard battle of Buena Vista. Col. Jefferson Davis also won distinction there.

“He was made a Brigadier General on entering the Confederate Army, in less than a year he was a full General, and in command of the Department of Tennessee.  When he had attained to the command of this army, he issued orders in expressive language against breaches of discipline, and required strictest conformity to his orders by officers as well as men. He had a soldier Court Martialed and shot for reckless disregard of orders in firing his gun on retreat, and it was reported, to the General’s detriment, that he had the soldier shot for killing a chicken. In fact, the man violated orders repeatedly by firing his gun, and had finally shot a negro child.

“After being superseded by Joseph E. Johnston, Gen. Bragg went to Richmond and remained to confer with the President about military movements. Mr. Davis evidently never lost faith in his ability, and nobody ever questioned his patriotism.

“After the war, having been reduced to poverty, Gen. Bragg went to New Orleans and secured employment in his profession as Civil Engineer, but he lost his position soon through carpetbag domination. He afterward had charge of improvements in Mobile harbor. He lost his position there because he would not approve certain methods of expenditure by the general government, as he believed them detrimental to the interests of the city.”

Stout served as medical director of hospitals for the Confederacy.

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Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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