John Bratton was born at Winnsboro, South Carolina, March 7, 1831. He was educated at Mount Zion Academy and South Carolina College. In 1853 he secured his diploma in medicine, after which he practiced in Winnsboro. Upon the secession of the state he enlisted as a private in the 6th South Carolina Volunteers, and was shortly elected captain of his company, with which he served during the bombardment of Fort Sumter. Upon the translation of the state troops into Confederate service, Bratton again enlisted as a private, and rose rapidly to the grade of colonel. He fought at the battle of Seven Pines, where he was wounded and captured. Almost from the beginning, he was identified with Hood's division of Longstreet's corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, whose fortunes he followed from the Peninsula to the end. He was promoted brigadier general after the death of General Micah Jenkins, to rank from May 6, 1864, and surrendered the largest brigade in the army at Appomattox Court House. After the war General Bratton became a farmer and took an active part in Reconstruction politics. He was state senator in 1865-66, and a member of Congress in 1884-85. In 1890 he was defeated for the governorship of South Carolina by "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman. General Bratton died in Winnsboro on January 12, 1898, and is buried there.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.