Bragg, Edward S. (ON HOLD)
Wisconsin US Rep, led the famed “Iron Brigade” June 1864-Feb. 1865
Autograph ID: 7001
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1827-1912) Wisconsin US Rep (D) 1877-83 & 1885-87, US Brigadier General commanded famed “Iron Brigade” June 1864-Feb. 1865. Born in New York State, admitted to the bar 1848, moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he practiced law. He was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention in Charleston, So. Carolina, which nominated Stephen A. Douglas for President and Herschel V. Johnson for Vice President. Bragg entered the Union Army as a captain in the 6th Wisconsin Vol. Inf. Regt. July 16, 1861, promoted to major Sept. 1861, lieut. colonel June 1862, and colonel March 1863. At Antietam he was severely wounded and missed the Gettysburg Campaign due to wounds suffered at the Battle of Chancellorsville. After returning to his field command, he was promoted to Brigadier General of Vols. June 25, 1864, mustered out Oct. 9, 1865. He commanded the famed Iron Brigade June 7, 1864-Feb. 10, 1865. The Iron Brigade, proportionately, suffered the most casualties of any brigade in the Civil War. Bragg returned to Wisconsin to resume his law practice. In 1866 he was appointed postmaster of Fond du Lac then served in the state senate 1868 & 1869. In 1868 he was a delegate to the soldiers and sailors convention in New York City, which nominated Horatio Seymour for President and a delegate to the 1872 Democratic National Convention which nominated Horace Greeley and B. Gratz Brown. Bragg was elected to Congress, serving 1877-83 and was a delegate to the 1880 Democratic National Convention which nominated Winfield Scott Hancock and William H. English. At the 1884 Democratic Convention, he seconded the nomination of Grover Cleveland for President with the “We love him for the enemies he made” comment that referred to Cleveland’s conflicts with the corrupt Tammany Hall organization. He was elected again to Congress, serving 1885-87 and served as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico by President Cleveland in 1888, serving to 1889, and was a delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention nominated William Jennings Bryan and Arthur Sewall. He was consul general in Havana 1902 and to Hong Kong 1903-06. Bragg was a cousin of Frederick W. Benteen, with the 7th Cavalry under Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Signed 2 x 5 ¼ piece from an autograph album while in Congress, adds “Wisconsin” under his signature. No place (Washington), no date (ca. 1878).”