Elmer Bragg

Date of Birth


Date of Death

Aug. 20, 1864

Letters Authored


Letters Received


Elmer Bragg was born 180 years ago.
158 years ago, Elmer Bragg passed away at the age of 21.

Letters Authored in Collection


Elmer Bragg mustered into Company E of the 9th New Hampshire Infantry on 8 August 1862. He was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on 12 May 1864 and died from his wounds on 20 August 1864.

The Elmer Bragg letter was written 28 December 1862 from a camp near Fredericksburg. The letter is written to Elmer’s mother and contains a brief description of the battle and references a few soldiers from New Hampshire who were wounded.

The 9th New Hampshire received its baptism of fire at the Battle of Antietam where it was one of the first regiments to cross over the stone bridge known as Burnside’s Bridge. At the Battle of Fredericksburg, it was heavily engaged, coming under an artillery and musketry fire before withdrawing to the city.

Elmer is recorded in the 1860 Federal Census as living in Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont with his father William S. Bragg, 47; mother Ruth, 50, and sister, Ella F., 12. His father’s occupation is listed as merchant.