Bragg (Civil War general)

Bragg performence as general.


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Gorge123

Ad Honorem
Sep 2012
4,833
Valles Marineris, Mars
What do you think of him? Do you consider him a failiure? Do you think he is the worst general or something else? There are many negative opinions about him...

What do you think of him?
 

Rongo

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
5,683
Ohio
What do you think of him? Do you consider him a failiure? Do you think he is the worst general or something else? There are many negative opinions about him...

What do you think of him?
He was about as personable as a boil, but he was competent. He was also pretty much in an impossible position.
 

Salah

Forum Staff
Oct 2009
23,284
Maryland
Competent at best; I mostly agree with Rongo's sentiments. Bragg was known, perhaps unsurprisingly, as one of the few Civil War generals who seldom extended clemency to soldiers sentenced to face a firing squad for desertion.

Bragg once reportedly asked one of his soldiers "do you know what a retreat looks like?" The soldier replied "General, I've been with you on the entire campaign..."

:D
 
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Fiver

Ad Honorem
Jul 2012
3,776
He was probably one of the Confederacy's best. Not that that's setting the bar very high.
 
Jan 2013
13
New York
He was chased out of Tennessee by Rosecrans (who was mediocre at best). After Chickamauga, he refused to launch an immediate assault on Chattanooga when its Union defenders were destitute. No army commander in the war was more despised by his corps commanders than he. Nearly all sent correspondence to Davis demanding his removal. If his contemporaries rendered this judgment, who are we to differ? The absolute worse Confederate general of the war.
 
Jan 2013
299
Minas Tirith
A lot of people criticise Him for unimaginative tactics and too much reliance of frontal assaults(Shiloh,Stones River and Chickamauga) and lack of follow up that turned victories or draws into disappointments(Perryville and Chickamauga)