Renaming Army Forts in the South

This entry is part of 3 in the series Southern Heritage

Fort Gordon signThe campaign to purge all elements of the Confederacy from American life continues apace. First, it was the Confederate Battle Flag that was targeted. Their reason: Dylann Roof had been photographed with a Confederate Battle Flag.

It should be noted that most of the liberal leftists involved in this campaign are non-Southerners.

A vocal group of liberals forced retailers like Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Sears to announce bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise. This is amid an intensifying national debate over the use of the controversial flag. Well, that hasn’t seemed to work. It has spawned a cottage industry of flag makers to step in and fill the void.

Then, we had the license plate controversy. A number of Southern states have license plates with the logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans on it. The liberal left saw this as affront to non-Confederate backers. Several states under political pressure are removing these offending license plates from circulation.

Then, the same group began to agitate for the removal of monuments honoring Confederate war heroes. In my home state of Virginia there is a law that prevents the removal or destruction of any war memorial, irregardless of the war that they commemorate, so our monuments are safe.

However, in other Southern states the battle has been joined with the liberal left agitating for the removal of these monuments. Communities across the South are grappling with this situation on a daily basis. This group of deconstructionists are attempting to re-write history to their liking.

Then we have the Jefferson-Jackson dinners sponsored by the Democrat Party. There have been calls to change the name of this event. The reason: both men were slaveholders.

Even though both men were presidents. Even though Jefferson was the primary writer of the Declaration of Independence. Even though Jackson led the force that turned back the British invasion of New Orleans. These facts are far outweighed by the simple fact that both men were slaveholders in the eyes of the liberal left.

The latest attack on all-things Confederate is the complaint that a majority of the Army posts in the South are named for Confederate generals.

There are 10 U.S. military bases that are named after Confederate figures: Fort Lee, Fort Hood, Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Bragg, Fort Polk, Fort Pickett, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Rucker and Camp Beuregard.

The Pentagon has announced that there are no plans to rename any bases. Following the national debate on the Confederate flag, the Pentagon said Wednesday it did not expect military bases named after Confederate leaders to see those names replaced.

The Pentagon emphasized Wednesday that it is up to the individual military services to name their bases and said that is not likely to change.

“As of now, there is no discussion of adjusting the naming policy,” said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren.

Warren made the comments in response to questions from reporters about the Army having in the past named several bases in the South after Confederate generals.

But the left will not give up. Here is a quote from one irate columnist on the Daily Kos.

Why are so many US Army posts named after confederate generals?
What the hell is up with THAT??!!

Why are federal facilities named after rebels?
In the tradition of naming Army posts after people who killed American soldiers, I suggest  renaming Ft Benning to Ft Tojo, Ft Ord to Ft Rommel,  Ft Lewis/ Mchord to Ft Ho Chi Minh/ Mao and Ft Leonard Wood to Ft Saddam

Expect this anti-Confederate mania to continue for some time.


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