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Bragg, Braxton (1817-1876) to Elise Bragg re: eye-witness account of secession of Louisiana

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02282 Author/Creator: Bragg, Braxton (1817-1876) Place Written: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1861/01/27 Pagination: 3 p. + docket 21 x 13 cm

Summary of Content: Written on state Executive Mansion stationery, and also mentioning the replacement of the Federal flag by "the Goose [sic, Pelican] was hoisted in its stead"

Background Information:

Full Transcript: Executive Office,
Baton Rouge, La. 27 January 1861
My dear wife,
Before receiving this if you ever get it at all, you will have heard from the city of the passing events ...here. Our national flag was lowered yesterday at 2 o'clock, and the Goose (Pelican) was hoisted in its stead. I accompanied the Gov[erno]r as aid, in joining the convention in this ceremony. We are now as far as our acts can make us a separate and independent nation. Our Bishop has prepared, and no doubt published this morning, a change of prayers &c &c in the church, dropping the President and Congress. Thus are we hurried on in a revolution.
The "ordinance of secession" passed by a very large vote, 113 to 17, and was immediately signed by all but 9, six of whom it is said will sign tomorrow - All from our county voted for it after almost ensuring they would not.
Yesterday the convention adjourned to the city. The Legislature is still here - Our Board half here and half in the city - doing nothing. I am heartily tired of such imbecility. They are ordered to be up tomorrow, and I suppose will come. A report of what we have done will be made and I hope the whole concern broken up by a regularly organized army.
We have had exceedingly disagreeable weather, but a change took place yesterday with the Flag. Now it is delightful. Edward Butler was here for a short time. All were well at the cottage.
I cannot say when I may be at home, but as soon as possible.
Taylor Beatty is on duty in the Barracks here as a Lieutenant, and they keep him so close I have not seen him.
Your Husband,
Braxton Bragg

Baton Rouge
Jan 27th '61
Passage of the
Ordinance of secession
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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarConfederate States of AmericaSecessionGovernment and CivicsAmerican FlagConfederate General or Leader

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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