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Gen. Braxton Bragg, Congratulation on the November 22-23, 1861 Florida bombardment, November 25, 1861

Braxton Bragg, detail
Combined Union artillery and naval gunfire bombarded the powerful Confederate gun emplacements at Fort McRae and Fort Barrancas around Pensacola in Florida. U.S. Navy units Niagara and Richmond, along with the artillery at Fort Pickens, pounded the area for two days in late November. Two days after the action, the Confederate regional commander, Major-General Braxton Bragg issued this order congratulating his troops for their defense and disciplined counter-fire. He also made reference to the Union shelling of the nearby town of Warrington, Florida. (By John Osborne)