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Braxton BraggThe Most Hated Man of the Confederacy$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628752

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628752.001.0001

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The Making of a Southern Patriot

The Making of a Southern Patriot

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(p.1) 1 The Making of a Southern Patriot
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Braxton Bragg
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Earl J. Hess

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628752.003.0001

Born into a large North Carolina middle class family, Braxton Bragg found his niche in the U.S. Army. A graduate of West Point, he performed magnificently in the Mexican War where he gained a national fame that led to his marriage to Elise Brooks, daughter of a wealthy planter family in the Deep South. Resigning due to policy changes in the artillery arm of the army in 1856, Bragg purchased a sugar plantation in Louisiana and worked hard to make it profitable. Now a member of the elite planter aristocracy, and owner of more than 100 slaves, Bragg expressed his philosophy of self-discipline in letters to his friend William T. Sherman. In fact, self-discipline became almost an obsession for Bragg. With the coming of secession, Bragg enthusiastically supported the new Confederacy and played a large role in the peaceful surrender of U.S. government property in Louisiana, gaining for himself a commission as a general in the newly created Confederate army early in 1861.

Keywords:   Planter aristocracy, Discipline, Slavery, Louisiana secession, West Point, Mexican War

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