Letter from Braxton Bragg to dear Governor, Aug. 2, 1861 [Digital Version]

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Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876, Letter from Braxton Bragg to dear Governor, Aug. 2, 1861 (August 2, 1861)

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Title: Letter from Braxton Bragg to dear Governor, Aug. 2, 1861 [Digital Version]
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Author: Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876
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Publisher: Rice University, Houston, Texas
Publication date: 2010-06-07
Identifier: aa00175
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Provenance: The collection was purchased from Civil War collector Felix H. Kuntz in 1967.
Description: 2 handwritten pages
Source(s): Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876, Letter from Braxton Bragg to dear Governor, Aug. 2, 1861 (August 2, 1861)
Source Identifier: Kuntz Louisiana Civil War Collection, MS 256, Box 1 folder 31, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
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  • Correspondence
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  • Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876--Correspondence
  • Moore, Thomas Overton, 1804-1876--Correspondence
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Confederate States of America. Army--Appointments and retirements
  • Confederate States of America--Defenses
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  • Florida (state)

Dear Governor,

I have to report to you the
resignation of Major C. M. Bradford of the
Regt of La Infy.Regiment of Louisiana Infantry Col.Colonel A. H. Eladden, and
request that you will make the neceessary
promotions for filling the vacancies occur-
ing therefore.

You will receive herewith copies of
papers from several Field Lieutenants in
regard to their rank in that regiment, which
I submit to you for a decision. I possess
no power to interfere, as I learn their com-
mission all been the same date. There
are some cases of hardship amongst them,
which never could have occurred had I re-
with you; but if [Illegible: leene] all my
arrangements were entirely [Illegible: reflect], I fear
it will produce difficulty whichever way
the question is ever decided, which will be
very unfortunate in a command so noted
for its efficiency, but I shall try to [Illegible: reconsider]
them to your decision.


We are just lying upon one over waiting
events which seem to be indefinitely
postponed hereby ordinances elsewhere.

This is regarded as a great hardship
by those of us who were the first to
move in this matter. Still it is the
fate of war, and I submit, [...]
a [Illegible: manner], and try to satisfy my
troops to do the [Illegible: laws]. It is the most
difficult task I ever undertook.
Though I have succeeded from beyond
my most sanguine hopes. Our army
is well disciplined and would make
fine display if it had the opportunity.

The enemy across the way is in
bad order, and I learn from the
few deserters who seek me, would
half desert to us if they could get

Join me in [...] at your next
dinner to our glorious victory at Bull
Run. I would have given my right
arm for a place on that field.

Very truly yours,

Braxton Bragg

Braxton Bragg
2 AugtAugust 1861

Rice University
Date: 2010-06-07
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