I agree with you about Bragg. Even with his many faults, if he had had the
support of his subordinate officers, it certainly would have changed his
manner of command, especially in the later years.
- He had trouble making up his mind and taking charge of authority but
when compared to other generals during the war and especially in the
West, he was not that bad. I can't wait to read more about him and
maybe I am way off base. Maybe he deserves all the bad press that he
has been given but I am inclined to think maybe not.
There was nothing really bad about his command skills. Yes, he made
mistakes, but so did Lee, Grant, Sherman, Rosecrans, Hood, etc etc
His problem was leadership skills and that means getting along with
other individuals, especially subordinates that he had to rely upon
heavily. I knew a retired chiropractor here that was like that, but he
was damn good in customizing and making golf clubs for you. Every time
I hear of Bragg, I think of ole Doc Tuscano.