Good Post, although I dont know about Bragg knowing exactly where Rosecrans
was until he had left the city, Bragg did think quick and pull up a good
plan. Bragg was having some severe problems at this time with his Cavalry
though and wasnt getting good reports in as to the Federals movements, etc.
I agree that the Kentucky Campaign up to Perryville was great and he had some
other very good moments, but to be fair he did have several very bad moments
as well, most notable being the Battles at Chattanooga. I think Bragg's plan
for Chickamauga was one of the best, and it probably would have worked if his
subordinates had followed his orders, another Polkism. I will also say that
Wayne is correct in that Bragg's biggest problem was his personality, or lack
of it. He wasnt a fool, but not really that likeable and when your chief
enemy is as charimatic and political as Polk, you have the seeds for failure.
I often wonder how good some of the other Generals would have been with a
Chief Subordinate like Polk under their commands. Remember that Polk's
insubordination didnt start with Bragg.