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The Braithwaite family is a faction featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.

History

Background

The Braithwaites are one of America's oldest wealthy families, dating back to 1779. By the 19th century, they had a bustling slave plantation called the Braithwaite Manor in the Scarlett Meadows of Lemoyne, and a bitter family feud with the Grays.

In 1806, Lucile Braithwaite gave the location of a significant sum of gold to Douglas Gray. With Lucile's permission, he stole this gold from the Braithwaites, and stole some more gold from his family, in order to fund the abolition of slavery. The two sides, believing that the other stole their treasure, started feuding.

The abolition of slavery and losing the Civil War in 1865 badly damaged the Braithwaites, and they lost a large amount of wealth, as did the Grays.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

The Braithwaites are first encountered when Beau Gray sends Arthur to Braithwaite manor to deliver a love letter to Penelope Braithwaite. She sends a letter of her own back, which tells Beau that she plans on taking part in a women’s suffrage rally. Upon hearing this, Beau begs Arthur to convince Penelope not to do it, saying it will endanger her life. She refuses to back down, and Arthur ends up driving the stagecoach in order to give her some protection.

Hosea and Arthur go to Braithwaite Manor, and try to sell back some of the moonshine they stole from the Lemoyne Raiders. Catherine Braithwaite agrees to buy it, but only if they sell it at the saloon at Rhodes, which is owned by the Grays.

On contract from Catherine Braithwaite, Sean and Arthur burn down the Gray's tobacco fields. They then make a deal with Tavish Gray to steal the Braithwaites' prized horses. Realizing that they have been played by the gang, the Braithwaites kidnap Jack Marston.

Upon arrival, they are met by all the sons of Catherine Braithwaite, their cousins and hired guns. This standoff descends into a bloody battle between the Braithwaite family and the gang. The gang eventually infiltrate the house and search all the rooms for Catherine Braithwaite. Some of her hired guns, sons and relatives remain in the house, but are cleared out by Arthur Morgan, Dutch van der Linde, Hosea Matthews and John Marston. A boarded up room is presumed to be where Mrs Braithwaite is hiding, but an onslaught of Braithwaite guns soon occurs, leading to Arthur along with other members of the gang having to fight them off.

After the wave of Braithwaites is fended off, Arthur and John find an alternative route into the room and find Catherine Braithwaite holed up in a walk-in wardrobe of sorts. After killing her sons, Dutch takes her and drags her down the stairs, kicking and wailing. She is hauled out in front of the manor and threatened with death if she does not reveal the location of Jack Marston. She eventually divulges to the gang that they gave the boy to Angelo Bronte, and that he is either in Saint Denis or on a boat to Italy. The gang set her manor ablaze, and, as they leave, Catherine runs, in tears, back into her burning home, where she dies.

Penelope writes to Arthur, and asks him to come to Braithwaite Manor. He arrives at the manor, and Penelope tells him that he needs him to take her to Rhodes train station, where she and Beau will elope together. Arthur takes her to Beau, where the two embrace and talk about how they cannot wait to go to Boston together. However, disaster soon strikes when Iain and Scott Gray, cousins of Beau, confront them. They attempt to drag Beau away, but Arthur quickly steps in and battles the two, knocking them both unconscious.

The three then board the train and set off. Unfortunately, their troubles are not yet over: some of the Braithwaites notice that Penelope stole some valuable gems before embarking, and they decide to chase the train on horseback. Arthur fights them off, before taking control of the train and bringing it to Riggs Station. They then disembark, and the two lovers get on a stagecoach bound for Boston.

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Trivia

  • In Undead Nightmare, during the mission Curious Tales from Blackwater, Mordecai Robbard's niece will mention a Mister Braithwaite, who had been dead a year as of 1911.
  • The Braithwaite-Gray feud is based at least partially on the Appalachian Hatfield–McCoy feud. The Lemoyne Raiders may also be based on the real-life Logan Wildcats, a Confederate militia closely associated with Hatfields.
  • In the post-Civil War era, longstanding personal disputes were often exacerbated by newfound political divisions arising from Reconstruction policies, through which the federal government tried to rebuild the devastated South and install local polities that were friendly to Northern demands. Many wealthy families (represented by the Braithwaites) tried to re-consolidate their power along traditional Southern lines, while others (represented by the Grays) sought new opportunities in aligning with Northern Reconstruction governments. Hence, the Braithwaites ally with the Lemoyne Raiders, while the Grays operate the local law enforcement. 
  • Geographically, politically, and socioeconomically, the Braithwaite-Gray feud shares many similarities to the real-world Liddell-Jones feud among wealthy plantation dynasties of postwar Louisiana. The Liddells opposed the local Reconstruction government, while the Jones family supported it.
  • Beau and Penelope are not the first lovers from the opposing family's. Douglas Gray and Lucile Braithwaite had a similar relationship.

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