Pvt. George W. Bragg, (USA)

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George W. Bragg

Birthplace: Adair County, Missouri, United States
Death: September 27, 1864 (19-20)
Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, United States (Killed during the Battle of Centralia.)
Place of Burial: Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Smith Bragg and Arianna Bragg
Husband of Nancy Winn Bragg

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About Pvt. George W. Bragg, (USA)

George W. Bragg (Bragg family records give his middle initial as: M.) married his first cousin, Nancy Winn Bragg, on April 8, 1863 and they had one son, John Thomas Bragg. George was killed during the Civil War at Centralia, Missouri.

The following is taken from the 1911 HISTORY of ADAIR COUNTY, MISSOURI by E. M. Violette, pages 89-91. ---The several companies of the Thirty-Ninth Infantry, Missouri Volunteers, were recruited in August 1864. Company A under Capt James A Smith, and Company B under Joseph R Good, were made up largely of men from Adair County. In September the various companies of this regiment were put on the trail of bushwhackers that were operating in northeast Missouri. The general rendezvous of the regiment was Hannibal. In the course of various movements, Major A. V. E. Johnston started from Paris with detachments of Companies A, G. and H, and on striking the trail of Bill Anderson, the famous guerilla, followed it up until he came upon him near Centralia on September 27. The struggle that ensued resulted in the almost complete annihilation of the pursuing companies. The circumstances were as follows. ---Anderson and his men to the number of 300 or 400, had come to Centralia early that morning, and had plundered it thoroughly. They held up a stage coach on its arrival from Columbia and robbed the passengers, and when about noon time a train from St. Louis passed through they stopped it and robbed the passengers and the express car. Among the passengers were twenty-three discharged and furloughed Union soldiers. These men were taken out, stripped of their uniforms, and shot down by a detachment of Anderson's men at his orders. There upon Anderson and his men retired to their headquarters a couple miles from town. This event is known as the Massacre of Centralia. ---About three o'clock that afternoon, the Thirty-Ninth Missouri Mounted Infantry under Major A. V. E. Johnston, came into Centralia. The regiment was made up of new recruits who were badly mounted and badly armed. In all there were only about 175 men. The citizens of Centralia advised Major Johnston not to attack Anderson, but disregarding the warning, he ordered about 125 men to form out in the open prairie and proceed toward Anderson's headquarters. The remainder of the regiment were left to attend to the horses and wagons. Anderson saw what was coming and prepared to meet the attack. He had the advantage in this preparation, inasmuch as he was in timbered land, and the timber hid him from the enemy. As the Thirty-Ninth approached, Anderson's men rushed out with shouts and yells, and in a few minutes had killed, according to Lieut. Col. Kutzner's report, 122 men, including Major Johnston. So great was the panic among the Federals that only a very few of Anderson's men were killed or wounded. This is known as the Battle of Centralia, though it is sometimes spoken of as the Massacre of Centralia, because of the ruthless manner in which the men were cut down. ---Company A was almost completely wiped out. The officers killed were: Capt. James A. Smith, Captain; Sgt. William G. Elliott, second sergeant; Sgt. Joseph S. Nisbit, third sergeant; Sgt. Meshack B. Long, fourth sergeant; Sgt. John C. Reynolds, fifth sergeant; Cpl. Andrew W. Walters, third corporal; Cpl. Jasper May, fifth corporal; Cpl. Canada Keller, six corporal, and Cpl. Elijah E. Eitel, eighth corporal. The privates killed were: Josiah Adams, George W Bragg, Outchnile O Byrd, W.H. Braden, John N Braden, Wm. H. Corbin, Andrew J. Capps, John L. Canada, George W Cook, P. Cunningham, Andrew J Denton, David R Graves, John B.W. Graves, A.B. Hayward, Val. Hines, Benjamin Hargrove, John Hanlin, G. Hanlin, W.H. Jeffers, Henry Keller, Daniel Lorton, Joseph Morrow, James Morrow, Edwin T Miles, T. McClanahan, Mark I Musick, James K.P. Mock, Wm. Norton, Eli F Osborn, Ad. B Polley, A.S. Parsons, Jacob Reed, John S. Spicer, Isaac Slaughter, Jos. O Stuttville, Emmett H Selby, Wm. Shoemaker, Dan. A Simler, Charles Wellbaum, David Wellbaum, J.H.B. Waddill, R.J. Williams, Thomas Waugh, James Willis, John R Wood, C.C. Wise and Alfred Zimmerman. ---The officers who were not present or who escaped were: Edwin Darrow, first lieutenant; Robert Moore, second lieutenant; Otis Miller, first sergeant; Samuel M. Keller, first corporal; Wm. B. Denton, second corporal; Daniel Y Conkle, fourth corporal; Peyton F Foster, seventh corporal. The privates who were not present or escaped were: Henry Beecher, John Calvin, Samuel Dye, Peter Dorr, John W. Gregg, Val Judd, John F. Keller, W.P. Lindler, James W. Moore, Jere Mann, L. Miller, Isaac Novinger, Manuel Novinger, James Pinkerton, Hiram Panghorn, Calvin Round, John T. Reynolds, Josiah W Snell, Charles A Snell, W.P. Stockton, Thomas J. Spencer, and Harrison Watson. ---After the battle was over and the guerillas had left, the people of Centralia gathered up the remains of the dead and brought them to town. Some were taken to Mexico and buried. Seventy nine were buried in one long trench near the railroad in the eastern part of the town. The trench was later enclosed with a fence and a slab erected to the memory of the dead. On it was inscribed: "The remains of Companies A, G. and H, Thirty-Ninth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, who were killed in action at Centralia, Missouri on the 27th Day of September 1864, are interred here." Later the remains were transferred to Jefferson City and reinterred in one grave in the National Cemetery there.

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Pvt. George W. Bragg, (USA)'s Timeline

Adair County, Missouri, United States
September 27, 1864
Age 20
Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, United States
Jefferson City National Cemetery, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, United States