Braxton Bragg at Chattanooga
- FLYNSWEDE@ posted the folowing information on Bragg:
"After the battle Bragg laid siege to the poorly supplied Federals
inside the strong fortifications of Chattanooga while the rebellion
among many of his officers, mainly Polk, Hardee, Longstreet and A.P.
[D.H.?] Hill, flamed up again. This time Davis came to the Army of
Tennessee in person in order to try to find a solution. Again he
supported Bragg, sending Polk and Hill to other commands, leaving
however, Longstreet who did even more damage than Polk by practically
throwing away Bragg's entire left flank in Lookout Valley on the west
side of Lookout Mountain. In the meanwhile large Federal
reinforcements were concentrated under Ulysses S. Grant and George H.
Thomas, and the decisive battle of Chattanooga (23-25 November 1863)
ended in the defeat of Bragg's army."
Longstreet certainly performed poorly at Chattanooga. Bragg, however,
committed many, many tactical and strategic blunders there which
permitted the Federal victory. Even if he was blameless in his
dealings with his subordinates, a good leader has to deal with them as
best as can be done.
Bragg also made several major mistakes--as did his subordinates--at
Murfreesboro and Chattanooga. You may argue that he wasn't the worst,
but I can't see how he can be considered all that good.
P.S. I thank you, though, for the kind words in the article about
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