What About Fort Benning and Fort Bragg?

In the rush to remove statues, rename facilities and generally close the era of memorialization of Confederate leaders and military figures, I’m surprised there’s been so little mention of US military bases. To be clear, it’s certainly not like I’m the first to ever raise the issue. It’s been discussed quite a lot over the years and especially in recent years. But I’ve seen relatively little mention of it in the post-Charlottesville period.

Just to remind ourselves, there are ten US military facilities, including some of the biggest and most well-known, named after Confederate Generals – in other words, men who made war against the United States and the US Army.

They are …

Fort Rucker (Gen. Edmund Rucker), Ala.
Fort Benning (Brig. Gen. Henry L. Benning), Ga.
Fort Gordon (Maj. Gen. John Brown Gordon), Ga.
Camp Beauregard (Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard), La.
Fort Polk (Gen. Leonidas Polk), La.
Fort Bragg (Gen. Braxton Bragg), N.C.
Fort Hood (Gen. John Bell Hood), Tex.
Fort A.P. Hill (Gen. A.P. Hill), Va.
Fort Lee (Gen. Robert E. Lee), Va.
Fort Pickett (Gen. George Pickett), Va.