Prior to the Civil War, Bragg had fought the Seminole, and served in the Mexican War. After some years as a planter, Bragg became a Brigadier General of the C.S. Army. His record of service in the West was primarily a string of defeats. His invasion of Kentucky, for example, ultimately failed as he did not press his advantage. He was finally pulled from the field in 1864, and become Jefferson Davis' military advisor.
Bragg's death came abruptly in 1876, when he fell over dead while walking down the street.
In 1862, Braxton Bragg led a Confederate army into Kentucky early in the War of Secession, conquering the state and joining it into the Confederate States, where it would remain until 1917 (the year of Bragg's 100th birthday).