Lawmakers want to stop the US military from naming things for Confederate soldiers. These 10 bases are still symbols of the Confederacy
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- The House of Representatives passed the defense spending bill with a measure preventing the Pentagon from further honoring the Confederacy. The US military, which defeated the Confederacy after a devastating toll of 620,000 dead, currently used 10 bases named for Confederate soldiers.
- Fort Lee, in Virginia, is named after Gen. Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate States Army and a slaveholder.
- There's no plan to rename the installations that honor the Confederacy.
- The measure comes amid a cultural reckoning about the legacy of the Civil War, with many citizens demanding the removal of statutes honoring leaders of a movement that fought to defend the enslavement of black people.
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The United States is still grappling with the legacy of the Civil War, but legislators in the House of Representatives are moving to prevent the military from naming any assets - including bases and warships - after Confederate soldiers or any locations of Confederate victory, Politico reported.
A draft of the National Defense Authorization Act passed the House last week, and contains explicit language barring the practice. Even if this amendment is signed into law, it wouldn't retroactively apply to assets currently honoring the Confederacy like the cruiser USS Chancellorsville, named for an important Confederate victory.
After a significant cultural reckoning with the legacy of the Confederacy, including the removal of statues and monuments honoring the Confederate dead, the military still uses 10 bases that honor Confederate soldiers - men that fought to uphold the practice of slavery.
"We are naming ships of the United States Navy after people who fought war against the United States," a veteran told Navy Times.
Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina is named for Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg.
Bragg came out of retirement to fight for the Confederacy.
Fort A.P. Hill is named for Ambrose Powell Hill, who was killed in the Civil War.
A.P. Hill served in the Confederate army.
Fort Lee is named for Gen. Robert E. Lee, perhaps the most famous Confederate general.
Robert E. Lee was one of the Confederacy's most famous figures. He surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, ending the Civil War.
Fort Pickett is named for Maj. Gen. George Pickett, who led an eponymous, ill-fated charge in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Maj. Gen. George Pickett left the US Army to join the Confederate Army in 1861.
Fort Gordon is home to the US Army Cyber Corps and Signal Corps.
John Brown Gordon had no military experience before joining the Confederate Army.
Fort Benning, also in Georgia, is named for Brig. Gen. Henry Benning, who was born in Georgia.
Fort Rucker is named after Col. Edmund Rucker.
Louisiana's Camp Beauregard is named for Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard.
Louisiana's Fort Polk is named for Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk.
Fort Hood is named for Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood.
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