Kountze in Hardin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A.
Made a brigadier general of the Confederacy, 1861, he won renown by capturing many guns and prisoners at Shiloh (1862), and for Southern victory in Battle of Chickamauga (1863). He was respected as a strong disciplinarian, a devoted patriot, and a man with a stern sense of duty. Serving as military advisor (1863-1865) to President Jefferson Davis, he traveled with President Davis after Confederate surrender on a suggested escape route, but was captured by Federals and paroled in Georgia in May 1865.
After an 1866-1870 term as Alabama commissioner of public works, he moved to Galveston. There he was chief engineer in charge of construction of Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway, chartered May 28, 1873. When the G.C. & S.F. built into this area, a junction point on the line was named for General Bragg. The 1901-1934 town of Bragg (now a ghost site) had many facilities serving the Saratoga Oil field.
This was one of many towns (and counties) in Texas named for statesmen, military leaders and soldiers.
Erected 1969 by Texas Historical Survey Commission. (Marker Number 11149.)
Location. 30° 22.086′ N, 94° 18.96′ W. Marker is in Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County. Marker is on State Highway 326, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is on the southside of the courthouse near the jail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Monroe Street, Kountze TX 77625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Courthouses of Hardin County (within shouting distance of this marker); Hardin County (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooks Abstract Company (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of Kountze (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Kountze (approx. 0.3 miles away).
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