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Old July 11th, 2018, 05:45 AM   #31
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I think what Frogsofwar and Triceratops are saying is that one was far more likely to have an army base named after oneself if one was seen fifty years after the war as a good Confederate rather than as a good general. In other words, being a good general had little to do with it.

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I think what Frogsofwar and Triceratops are saying is that one was far more likely to have an army base named after oneself if one was seen fifty years after the war as a good Confederate rather than as a good general. In other words, being a good general had little to do with it.
Were there any other - more successful - Tarheels they might have named the base for?
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Were there any other - more successful - Tarheels they might have named the base for?

Certainly none so highly placed as Bragg. Dorsey Pender was highly regarded. His only fault was that he died too soon to really distinguish himself. Johnston Pettigrew also died just as he reached high rank. Stephen Dodson Ramseur was successful but not really famous. He only commanded a division for a few months before he died. D.H. Hill held high rank and was well known but not really successful. One problem with naming a fort after Hill was that there was another general named A.P. Hill. There is, or was, a Fort A.P. Hill so there probably isn't room for a Fort D.H. Hill. It would be too confusing.
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Forts Bragg and Hood were named by northerners, perhaps for their service to the US in destroying the Confederacy.
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How Did The US Military Get All Those Confederate-Named Bases, Anyway?
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Forts Bragg and Hood were named by northerners, perhaps for their service to the US in destroying the Confederacy.
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That's an interesting article.
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Old July 11th, 2018, 07:15 AM   #38

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My favourite US Army base:

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Old July 11th, 2018, 05:57 PM   #39

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Fort Fredendall
Fort Cardigan
Fort Lucan
Fort Grouchy
Fort Elphinstone
Fort Westmoreland
Fort Gaius Flamminius
Fort Napoleon III
Fort Bazine
Fort MacMahon
Fort Samsonov
Fort Luigi Cadorna
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What amuses me is the only active Army base in Louisiana is Fort Polk, named after the Confederate General that did more to help the Union win than any other! He was NOT very good. He went to West Point and then joined the Episcopal Church and rose to become Bishop of Louisiana.



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