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Braxton Bragg

Braxton Bragg (1817–1876) was a senior officer of the Confederate States Army. Born in Warrenton, North Carolina, Bragg was educated at West Point and became an artillery officer. He served in Florida, the Mexican–American War, and the Indian Territory before resigning. After some time as a sugar plantation slave owner in Louisiana, Bragg sided with the Confederate States of America and joined its army. During the course of the American Civil War, he trained troops, attempted an invasion of Kentucky and fought a number of battles. From February 24, 1864 until January 13, 1865, he was assigned to duty at Richmond, under direction of the President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis, and was charged with the conduct of military operations.

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