American Civil War Summary

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Meredith, James H. "Bragg, Braxton (1817 1876)." In Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History, edited by David S. Heidler, and Jeanne T. Heidler. ABC-CLIO, 2000.

Being acerbic, many people thought General Bragg was not fit to lead a large army. James H. Meredith talks about the accounts of why General Bragg was unfit to be a field commander during the Civil War. He was said to have mismanaged all his victories, even though being promoted three times for his astonishing service. He had the ability to make enemies with everyone he knew and was almost assassinated twice by soldiers under his command for his ill behavior and strict discipline. He was known to purge fellow officers that he felt were inferior
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In the article he gives us a run down on how Bragg took Pensacola, Florida, similar to what happened to Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Hay's also explains how the strict discipline and holding accountability of his fellow service members led him to be one of the most hated. The article goes on to tell us about Bragg's journey through the south and his campaign to convince the people of Kentucky to side with the south but he fails at this attempt. The capture of Kentucky could have been the turning point of the war with the vast system of rivers through out the state. Bragg and his army would have their first major engagement at Shiloh in southwest Tennessee. Bragg and his army would retreat to Corinth, Mississippi. Through out the article there are also many quotes from letters that Bragg wrote to his wife and fellow subordinates. Hay would continue to go on and talk more about the campaign through Tennessee and Bragg's failure to be successful and tactical field Commander even willing to resign but his subordinates weren't willing to take his place. The Georgia Historical Quarterly is one of the country's premier Journal's being published every quarter for the last one hundred years and gives us great information on southern and Georgia history. The information discovered in this …show more content…
During and after the Civil War, the press was and has been Bragg's worst enemy. The pre Civil War Bragg was reputable man, having served as an officer in the United States Army during the Mexican American War he earned the respect of fellow officers, even though he often quarreled with his superior officers but it was often overlooked. Having retired from the Army he moved to Louisiana becoming a sugar planter and owning slaves. This more than likely persuaded him to side with the Confederacy during secession. He was put in command of the Army of Louisiana and was in charge of coastal region of the gulf. The fall of the Confederate forces in the west would pull Bragg and his men to the north toward Tennessee to reinforce General Albert Sidney Johnston. A battle would ensue at Shiloh and Johnston would be killed putting General P.G.T Beauregard in command. Having complained of illness and the lack of respect from President Davis, Beauregard steps down leaving Bragg in charge of an Army in shambles. Being left with an Army in such bad shape, this is what led to his demise as a commander. As the war goes on, his officers tend to not follow his orders and this worsens his reputation as he loses battles that should have easily been won if his orders would've been executed. He even sends a letter to President Davis asking for his senior officers to be relieved of command but Davis denies his

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