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The United States Army Honors Men Who Committed Treason

America is alone in the world when it comes to honoring enemies.

BY Rick Bursky
Jun.18,2020 / UPDATED ON JUL.03,2020

I haven't researched the names of French Army bases, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say there are no army bases in France named after German generals. I'll also venture a guess that Germany did not name any of its military installations after Russian generals who fought against them in World War Two.

 Dr. William Sturkey, a historian and assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, said, "It's pretty rare for the country to have a major military installation named for somebody who fought against that country. It was the Confederacy against the United States of America. He was killing American troops. He didn't fight under the banner of the United States of America, and therefore, he was the enemy." The "he" Dr. Sturkey refers to is Braxton Bragg. He was a general in the Confederate Army, you know, the thousands of men who committed treason and took up arms against the United States and killed thousands and thousands of American soldiers. And now, we have some fifty thousand American soldiers living and training on a base, Fort Bragg, named after a man who was happy to kill American soldiers. Irony doesn't come close to describing this. 

Do you know who Henry Benning was? Benning was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army, commanded the 17th Georgia Infantry. He was responsible for leading men against the United States and the killing of American soldiers. In addition to committing treason, Benning bitterly opposed the emancipation of slaves. Benning thought it was okay for children to be taken from their mothers and sold — slavery. What does America do with a man like that? We name one of our army’s most important bases after him, Fort Benning. 

Do you see a pattern here?

There are ten Army bases named after men who took up arms against the United States:

  • Camp Beauregard
  • Fort Benning
  • Fort Bragg 
  • Fort Gordon
  • Fort A.P. Hill
  • Fort Hood 
  • Fort Lee 
  • Fort Pickett 
  • Fort Polk
  • Fort Rucker

We do not have a base named after General Grant, but we have one named after Robert E. Lee! Huh?

When I was in the army, I spent some time stationed in Germany, at an installation named Warner Barracks. It was named after an American soldier, Corporal Henry F. Warner. The installation was in Germany, but it was not named after a German general. I have no doubt; many Germans would consider General Erwin Rommel, The Desert Fox, a patriot. But America would never, ever allow, American soldiers to serve on a base named after him. You get the point. 

Retired four-star general David Petraeus recently wrote, "it is time to remove the names of traitors like Benning and Bragg from our country's most important military installations …" A funny thing, though funny is probably not the correct word, most of those treasonous generals who have bases named after them is that, except for Lee, they were incompetent, battlefield commanders.

It's also worth mentioning that at the United States Military Academy, West Point, they honor Robert E. Lee by naming a gate, a road, an entire housing area, and a barracks, after him, the last of which was built during the 1960s. There's even a portrait of Lee with a slave in the cadet library.

One of our main installations in Iraq is named Camp Victory. Would you be okay if it was named Camp Saddam Hussein?

Keywords: confederate generalsre-naming army basesFort BenningFort BraggDavid PetraeusCamp Victory
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