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Kountze in Hardin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A.

(1817-1876)

 
 
General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
1. General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. Marker
Inscription.  

American military leader honored in this county in name of an early town (12 mi. W). Born in North Carolina, Bragg was in Texas in 1840s with army of General Zachary Taylor, to fight in Mexican War.

Made a brigadier general of the Confederacy, 1861, he won renown by capturing many guns and prisoners at Shiloh (1862), and for Southern victory in Battle of Chickamauga (1863). He was respected as a strong disciplinarian, a devoted patriot, and a man with a stern sense of duty. Serving as military advisor (1863-1865) to President Jefferson Davis, he traveled with President Davis after Confederate surrender on a suggested escape route, but was captured by Federals and paroled in Georgia in May 1865.

After an 1866-1870 term as Alabama commissioner of public works, he moved to Galveston. There he was chief engineer in charge of construction of Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway, chartered May 28, 1873. When the G.C. & S.F. built into this area, a junction point on the line was named for General Bragg. The 1901-1934 town of Bragg (now a ghost site) had many facilities serving the Saratoga Oil field.

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many towns (and counties) in Texas named for statesmen, military leaders and soldiers.
 
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11149.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1865.
 
Location. 30° 22.086′ N, 94° 18.96′ W. Marker is in Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County. Marker is on State Highway 326, on the left when traveling east. This marker is on the southside of the courthouse near the jail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Monroe Street, Kountze TX 77625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hardin County (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouses of Hardin County (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooks Abstract Company (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of Kountze (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Kountze (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Kountze Baptist College (approx. 1.1 miles away); Richard E. Jackson (approx. 7˝ miles away).
 
General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
2. General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,361 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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