I have always questioned the designations of several Army Posts. For instance, Fort Bragg is named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg. Bragg may have been an honorable fellow who simply fought in a losing cause. That doesn’t matter to me. Point of fact, this guy lost nearly every battle over which he held field command. He was a loser. Why would we name the Post which hosts arguably the Army’s “Premiere Infantry Fighting Force” and US Special Forces Command after a General who never tasted victory — a complete loser. Never mind that he was a Confederate General, the guy was incompetent and soundly defeated consistently in battle.
With that in mind, I would change the following Post’s names as shown below:
Fort Lee to Fort Montgomery C. Meigs (Quartermaster of the Union Army in the Civil War)
Fort Bragg to Fort “Slim Jim” Gavin (youngest Division Commander, made combat jumps in World War II, beloved Commander)
Fort Jackson to Fort Omar Bradley (Omar Bradley was the “Soldier’s General, Commanded D-Day invasion forces in Europe, World War II)
Fort A.P. Hill to Fort Phil Sheridan (Best damn Cavalry Commander in the Union Army from the 1860s to the 1880s)
Fort Knox to Fort G. S. Patton (America’s Armor General and Glory Hound, Old Blood and Guts, essentially won World War II single handedly…lol…I’m joking…sort of.)
Fort Meyer to Fort Winfield Scott (He actually named “The Old Guard.” Commanding General of the Army of the US, Hero of the War of 1812, his Anaconda Plan was eventually what won the Civil War even though he was ridiculed when he presented it and driven out into retirement)
Fort Hood to Fort Abrams (Got us the hell out of Vietnam, Father of the Modern Army for all intents and purposes)
Fort McClellan to Fort Eisenhower (McClellan was another loser and a political idiot. Ike was the exact opposite)
Fort Campbell to Fort Anthony “Nuts” McAuliffe (Answered the German demand for surrender in Bastogne with the one word reply of “Nuss” which is nuts in german, was acting commander of the 101st at Bastogne.)
Fort Benning to Fort Ridgeway (Commanded 82nd Airborne Division in WWII, brought Korea back from the brink after McArthur nearly lost it all to the Chinese)
I know that not all of these are CSA Generals. Still, better names overall. The guys after whom I would re-designate our Army Posts were all winners…even Abrams.
What do you think? I’ve never understood why we named so many Army Posts after losing Generals.
It’s as if we are tempting the GoDs. Perhaps, it explains why our wars have gone so poorly since Vietnam.
Why in the name of the GoDs would anyone name a post after Braxton Bragg? Braxton Bragg is quite possibly the worst Commanding General of a Major Field Army in United States History. I can’t think of anyone who lost more in history excepting Hitler. Do the Germans have a Hitler Kaserne? Do the Russians name their Military Bases after losing Commanders? Did Lt. Gen. Boris Gromov who lost Afghanistan get an Army Post named after him?
Hell, they’ve changed the names of their cities to rid themselves of the stink of incompetence and loss.
Why would the Army…..HOW could the Army defend the designations of these Army Posts?
That some of these guys were Confederate Generals doesn’t bother me so much. That many of them were incompetent fools is my point. Only in America do we honor our losers thusly.