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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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Military Adviser to the Confederate President

Military Adviser to the Confederate President

(p.214) 13 Military Adviser to the Confederate President
Braxton Bragg

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

Bragg badly needed rest and he found it at the resort located at Warm Springs, Georgia, where he spent the time period from early December, 1863 until February, 1864 recuperating with his wife and selected members of his personal staff. Then Jefferson Davis named him to serve as his military adviser. Many people thought Bragg had been elevated to the post of general-in-chief of all Confederate armies, but his role was limited to serving as Davis’ right hand man concerning military matters. The Confederate president relied heavily on Bragg to handle a wide variety of problems, mostly administrative and institutional, that linked the army with Southern society. Bragg now became a dedicated supporter and help mate of the president. While some citizens thought he did a good job, others remained highly critical of Bragg, believing him Davis’ pet. Bragg’s intellectual and organizational strengths came to the fore, but many of the problems he attacked had no viable solutions. His success rate was mixed during the period from February until the opening of active campaigning in early May, 1864.

Keywords:   Jefferson Davis, Confederate military adviser, Warm Springs, Confederate institutions

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