Braxton Bragg and Confederate defeat, Volume 2 by Dr. Judith Lee Hallock Ph.D.

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If Bragg did manage to escape across Tennessee, he would end up in the hills of North Alabama without food, forcing the army to disperse. " And, he added for good measure, it was his opinion that Davis did not favor their fighting at Tullahoma. After Polk finished his predictions of doom, Hardee gave his opinion. Having learned that the railroad at Decherd was not, after all, seriously damaged and needed only a few hours' work to repair it, Hardee advised that they await further developments. Polk quickly modified his original position, but he still believed it necessary to retreat to save their communi- 22OR, XXIII (pt.

In early autumn 1862 a woman in Chattanooga was impressed with his tall, soldierly bearing, but she thought the "peculiar way he had of showing his lower teeth when he laughed or talked gave him . . '' Another contemporary also described Bragg as grim. " When he chose, Bragg could be charming. "7 Bragg's delightful manner and civility, however, were often overshadowed by his sour temper and petulant manner, caused no doubt by his chronic sickness. Beginning with his service in Florida, Bragg continually complained of ill health.

Acknowledge[d] the salute of the Colors of the regiment," testified a soldier, ''although . . ''2 A contemporary believed that if the true history of the Civil War is ever known, "no man will occupy a higher position than 1 Richard M. , 1989), pp. 78; Grady McWhiney, Braxton Bragg and Confederate Defeat, vol. 1 (New York, 1969). , to My dear Sister, December 15, 1863, Cameron Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Kinloch Falconer to E. T. Sykes, February 7, 1873, Southern Historical Society Collection, Eleanor S.

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