Probably no other figure in the Confederate story was as controversial as Braxton Bragg. In an important way, this controversy has taken much of the humanity from his image. Far too often he becomes a stock figure exposed to ridicule instead of a man and a commander. Bragg was neither a hapless fool nor a brilliant general. He failed more often than succeeded in his Civil War career. He also was not the ogre who callously executed his own soldiers, nor was he friendless or cold toward his wife....
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