"christened Braxton Bragg, a name Mr Underwood had done his best to live down. "
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Braxton Bragg was a United States Army officer who became a General in the Confederate States Army, and then a principal commander in the Western Theatre of the American Civil War in the 19th century.

Bragg was known for his strict disciplinarian ways. It is said that he quarrelled with every army officer who served alongside him; it is also alleged that some of his troops attempted to assassinate him on two occasions in August and September 1847. He survived uninjured.