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Old July 10th, 2018, 08:54 AM   #11
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It was just politics. In WW1 and WW2 the US Army needed to stand up a whole lot more bases. They needed large segments of cheap land, so they chose the South for a lot of them. In order to give up the land, southern politicians basically made it a stipulation that they got to name the base.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 09:24 AM   #12
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I think Fort Bragg was specifically named for the general. There isn't any Fort van Rennselear.

The main reason for all the bases in the south was that the Democrats generally had the majority and therefore committee chairmanships. Southern incumbents did not lose often due to the one party system. Therefore, most committee chairmanships were help by southerners. Defense Appropriation Committee Chairman got the bases in their states or districts.

Fort Lee and Bragg were built in WWI and Fort Hood in WWII. The names may have been intended to bring the regions together. It always seemed odd to me to name a base after an unsuccessful enemy general like Hood.

Maybe they will be changed to Fort Nat Turner or something soon.
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The mild weather in the South (to facilitate year-round training) was apparently a secondary consideration.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 10:15 AM   #14
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Particularly in WWI, the names were probably designed to get southern support for the war effort. Until the Spanish American War, there wasn't much patriotic feeling about the US among southern whites.

As far as van Rennselear, I doubt some of the things in NY are named after the general at all. The family was extremely prominent. The university Rennselear Polytechnic Institute was name for the general, because he founded it. It wasn't named after him because he was so respected though. However, the bases are clearly named after Confederate generals.

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After the decline of the Radical Republicans and the end of Reconstruction in 1877, there was a major effort to restore national unity. Forgive and forget. I'm unaware of any opposition to naming southern army bases after Confederates. The North seemed eager to leave the war behind them and move on to more important things. I don't think the North expressed any opposition to Jim Crow nor is there any other indication that the Civil War was still forefront in northern consciousness. I doubt the North expressed any opposition to the erection of Confederate monuments in the early 20th century.
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I think Fort Bragg was specifically named for the general. There isn't any Fort van Rennselear.
There was already a Fort van Rennselear (named for someone else). It no longer exists. He got "Stephentown" NY instead, in his honour.

What I'm saying is Ft. Bragg wasn't just named for General Braxton Bragg, it was named for General Braxton Bragg of the Warrenton Braggs. Patronage, my boy. Patronage and money.

EDIT: None of this explains why there is a Bragg, TX and a second Fort Bragg in California - a Union State.
SECOND EDIT: Seems the Ft. Bragg in CA was named in 1857 when he was a captain.

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I doubt the North expressed any opposition to the erection of Confederate monuments in the early 20th century.
There were some objections to Confederate monuments, some of which came from men who fought against the Confederacy.

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Both Ft. Davis and the Davis Mountain chain of West Texas are named after Jefferson Davis, the CSA president.
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Both Ft. Davis and the Davis Mountain chain of West Texas are named after Jefferson Davis, the CSA president.

Ft. Davis was named before the Civil War, after Secretary of War Davis in the Pierce administration.
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There were some objections to Confederate monuments, some of which came from men who fought against the Confederacy.

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Actually the sentiment doesn't surprise me. The Northern man here is indulging the South in its foolishness, but is not angry or even annoyed that the South is perpetuating and enshrining its Confederate heroes/traitors (depending on ones point of view). I suspect this was a typical Northern attitude toward the South in the early 20th century when Confederate monuments were going up and army bases were being named.
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