Six days after the bloody Battle of Chickamauga, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet wrote to Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon, saying, “I am convinced that nothing but the hand of God can save us or help us as long as we have our present commander.” Longstreet was referring to Braxton Bragg, commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. “When I came here I hoped to find our commander willing and anxious to do all things that would aid us in our great cause, and ready to receive what aid he could get from his subordinates. It seems that I was greatly mistaken.”
In “A Terrible Cyclone,” one of our many in-depth features in Military Heritage Magazine’s March 2014 edition, writer Lawrence Weber explains that Braxton Bragg’s problems began long before the battles at Chickamauga. Everywhere he went, he seemed to carry with him a cloud of disappointment and failure. Humiliated by the lack of confidence his lieutenants had demonstrated in his ability to successfully command, Bragg decided to ask his generals for a vote of confidence. The vote backfired on him, and he was openly rejected by the majority of his fellow generals. On the eve of the Chickamauga Campaign, he had all but lost the morale of his army.
“A Terrible Cyclone” is just one of the many in-depth and telling articles you’ll find in Military Heritage, one of the most authoritative sources reporting on the history of armed conflict. Our March 2014 issue is loaded with other full-length features, including:
“Revenge of the Flemish Lion”
In this riveting story by William Welsh, you’ll read about how rebellious 14th-century guild workers stood their ground against King Philip IV’s deadly knights in the Battle of the Golden Spurs, shaking feudal society to its core.
“Panzer Fury at Caen”
British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s attack on a key road network was met by German units with enough armor to inflict heavy damage on the Allies. But as Kelly Bell reports, the British and Canadians never shrank from their daunting adversary.
“Shock of the Charge”
In July 1644, Prince Rupert’s Royalists sought to secure the north of England for King Charles I, but the Parliamentarians had other ideas. As you’ll read in this column by Eric Niderost, the Battle of Marston Moor would decide the matter for both sides.
“Triumph at Plassey”
A British counteroffensive led by Colonel Robert Clive in the Bengal region of India in 1757 culminated in a showdown with the Nawab of Bengal during a driving monsoon. Louis Ciotola gives you the full story.
In addition to our features, this month’s departments include several riveting stories: viking bodyguards, the famed M79 grenade launcher and the Hitler assassination attempt dubbed “Operation Foxley”—you’ll find it all inside.
At Warfare History Network, we strive to bring you compelling and in-depth stories that welcome discussion and debate. So what do you think? Was Braxton Bragg’s vote of no confidence deserved? How did his relationship to his other Confederate generals shape the events at Chickamauga? Let us know in the comments below.