Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bragg Comes to Wilmington-- Part 1: Quarreling With Himself

From the December 15, 2014, Wilmington (NC) Star-News "Back Then" by Scott Nunn.

Scott Nunn considered the appointment of General Braxton Bragg to command Wilmington, N.C. over Gen. W.H.C. Whiting as "one of the stranger pieces of history from the Battles of Fort Fisher."  The other was Gen. Butler's powder ship.

Bragg was once a highly respected military commander, but as the war progressed, his reputation diminished.  he was noted as being extremely argumentative and was deeply disliked by his subordinates.

During the Mexican War, his own troops tried to assassinate him twice.

His temper was legendary and he feuded with everyone, even himself.  Once, while serving as both quartermaster and company commander he got into an argument with himself.  he called out to the post commander to sort things out.  Supposedly that officers said, "My God, Mr. Bragg!!  You have quarreled with every officer in the army and now you are quarreling with yourself!"

A Quarrelsome Fellow.  --Old B-Runner

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