Bragg, Thomas 1810 -1862. THOMAS BRAGG DIARY, 1861-1862, IN THE SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA LIBRARY.
Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Library, 1968
After two terms as governor of North Carolina, Thomas Bragg was elected to the Senate in 1859. The first portion of his diary covers January 3, to March 1, 1861. It deals with political activities and difficulties related to sectional differences and secession. Plans for a provisional government, the problems of federal forts in the South, the Kansas question, and the financial problems of both the northern and southern governments are covered. During the next portion of the diary from November 15, 1861 to April 9, 1862, Bragg was attorney general of the Confederate States. He reports on conversations with Jefferson Davis and cabinet members, discussions at cabinet meetings, war news, relation of the central government with state governments, and financial problems. He also discusses the loyalty of states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri to the Confederacy, military topics such as the re-enlistment of volunteers, manufacture of gunpowder, naval warfare, and prisoner exchanges, and battles including the clash between the Monitor and Merrimac and the Battle of Shiloh. In the remainder of the diary he mentions rumors of war, prices of store goods, and political activities in Virginia and North Carolina.
An uncataloged guide, Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Bragg Diary, is available in the Special Collections Office. It contains a partial list of people mentioned in the diary.
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