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Larry J. Daniel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649504

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649504.001.0001

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The Army Staff

The Army Staff

(p.62) 5 The Army Staff

Larry J. Daniel

University of North Carolina Press

When Bragg took command, his staff was composed of two separate groups—holdovers from Bragg’s corps in Pensacola, and people previously under P.G.T. Beauregard. At times these two groups harbored petty prejudices against each other. The next section delineates the characteristics of various staff members and divisions. When Bragg took command, the chief of staff was Thomas Jordan from Pensacola. Distaste for members of Bragg’s court eventually drove him out. Bragg served as his own chief of staff for a time but decided to hire someone when he realized he did not have enough time for this and his other duties. In general, people filled and vacated roles for a multitude of reasons and with varying frequency. Some of the criticisms historians have levelled against Bragg’s staff was their inexperience in their failure to provide strategy outside of the day to day.

Keywords:   General Bragg, Pensacola, P.G.T. Beauregard, Thomas Jordan, prejudice, Officer Corps, Faction, General Staff, Personal Staff

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