“Naming Commission” Recommends Drastic Erasure Of Confederate (American) History

VDare –  by Alan Wall

An official commission has released its recommendation about Confederate names in the U.S. military.

From CBS News:

The commission tasked with reviewing Confederate-inspired names of military assets has recommended in its final report to Congress that the Defense Department rename or remove hundreds of items. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and a national conversation about race in America, Congress’ 2021 defense bill mandated a new entity, the Naming Commission, identify whether hundreds of military assets, including U.S. military bases, memorialize the Confederacy and should be renamed.

[Commission recommends renaming hundreds of military assets linked to Confederacy, by Eleanor Watson, CBS News, September 19, 2022]

The names of nine Army bases are recommended to be renamed.

Earlier this summer, the commission recommended the U.S. Army rename nine bases that originally honored Confederate leaders.

The link is to a May article, U.S. bases that honored Confederate leaders to receive new names, also by Eleanor Watson, CBS News, May 24, 2022, which lists the nine bases: ”Fort A.P Hill, Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, Fort Hood, Fort Lee, Fort Pickett, Fort Polk, and Fort Rucker.” I spent time at three of them: Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Polk in Louisiana.

The commission suggested new names for the nine bases to recognize more diverse heroes, like Gen. Richard Cavazos, the Army’s first Latino four-star general, and Lt. Col. Charity Adams, the leader of the all-Black, all-female 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in World War II

The commission estimates it will cost about $21 million to rename the nine bases.

The second part of the commission’s report identified items at U.S. military academies that should be removed or renamed, and the third part of its report, released to the public on Monday [September 19], lists hundreds of assets like street and building names the commission recommends the Defense Department rename or remove.

”Street and building names”?  They can’t even leave them alone.

In total, the commission estimates it will cost $62.5 million to implement the recommendations in the three parts of its final report.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, the vice chair of the Naming Commission, told reporters last week that the commission reviewed around 1,100 assets from across the services linked to the Confederacy.

The commission specified new names for the nine bases, but for the rest of the hundreds of items, the commission identified what needs to be renamed or removed and is leaving it up to the services to decide on new names. That includes new names for two U.S. Navy ships – the USS Chancellorsville named after a Confederate-won battle, and the USNS Maury, named after a commander in the Confederate Navy.

Chancellorsville was a battle. But it was won by the Confederacy, so the ship’s name must be changed?

As for the USNS Maury, it’s named after Matthew Fontaine Maury, the ”Pathfinder of the Seas,” ”Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology” and ”Scientist of the Seas.” According to Wikipedia, ”[Maury] published the Wind and Current Chart of the North Atlantic, which showed sailors how to use the ocean’s currents and winds to their advantage, drastically reducing the length of ocean voyages. Maury’s uniform system of recording oceanographic data was adopted by navies and merchant marines around the world and was used to develop charts for all the major trade routes.”

But it doesn’t matter what Maury accomplished and how it benefited the world, because he served as an envoy of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Many of the great men of the Confederacy were great men before, during and after the Civil War, and accomplished other things. But no matter. Their Confederate connection disqualifies them from any honor.

The commission received more than 34,000 submissions from the public with suggested new names on its website last year. Close to 500 of those names are included in the third part of the commission’s report as suggestions the Defense Department should draw from when deciding on new names.

This is not just about erasing the Confederacy. It’s about erasing American heritage.

According to the 2021 defense bill, the defense secretary has until January 2024 to implement the recommendations.

If the GOP takes over Congress, or part of it, in January of 2023, can we expect them to do anything about it?

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5 thoughts on ““Naming Commission” Recommends Drastic Erasure Of Confederate (American) History

  1. Communism is sure having a heyday. Coincidentally, the last two weeks I’ve been watching films about The Civil War, trying to learn some history. Of course, because it’s coming from the entertainment industry, I have to attempt to sort out the lies and ulterior motives. What a horror it was to see these men killing each other, but amongst them were individuals who just wanted to live free. I’m sure the motives of the South weren’t entirely pure, but I could see myself standing with them.

    I’ve learned that at the onset of the war, slavery was not the primary reason for it, but as things progressed, the north used that issue to beef up support for its “union.” In the south, and independently of any northern pressure, there were already calls for abandoning that horrible enslavement and those talks were gaining ground. No, slavery was not the reason for that war; it was that certain states wanted to remain autonomous and succeed from Lincoln’s big club.

    I know many here know all this already and I think I’m just typing this down not only because I’m still in the learning phase of it, but emotionally, I’m still processing the horror and tragedy of The Civil War, or as others call it, The War of Northern Aggression, or The War for Free States. I can’t remember who, but someone said that The Civil War was Lincoln attacking his own country!! It stunned me because it was absolutely true. The early agreement about statehood was that any state could succeed if it chose to. Lincoln dishonored that agreement.

    If anyone is interested, here is a brief timeline of the war. Of course I can’t vouch for its accuracy, but this is how the history books tell it:

    Civil War Timeline:

    https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/historyculture/civil-war-timeline.htm

    This bit from the timeline jumped out at me:

    “August 6, 1861- US Congress passes and President Lincoln signs the Confiscation Act of 1861. This act permits court proceedings for the confiscation of property, including enslaved people, used to support the Confederacy.”

    Probably the motive all along.

    And now they want to dishonor those who likely were men of honor. But what do I know. Just trying to break it down.

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    1. Believe it or not, but I was told in high school (late 60s) by a history teacher that slavery had nothing to do with secession, that is, secession was not about keeping slavery alive, but it was STATES’ RIGHTS. In my senior year (1970) another history teacher said that, secession or not, the south was about to end slavery anyway. For one thing, the slave trade (mainly from good ol’ Dahomey, aka Benin), was being destroyed by the British military (watch the end of the movie “Amistad” where the navy blows up a slave holding fortress on Dahomey’s coast), among other reasons.

      To this day I still can’t believe anyone defends what Lincoln did as president! Were they planning the Act of 1871 and “Reconstruction” all along? And note to all those who claim due to Reconstruction, Texas cannot ever seceed again–WRONG! The Texas lagislature already has plans to have Texans vote for or against secession, should the need arise. This is a fact.

  2. Sorry, but we in JEFF DAVIS COUNTY will NOT ALLOW YOU COMMIES (really, Satanists) to change the name of our county! Period! End of Story!

  3. Final comment here…Did not see the name of Fort Davis (in Jeff Davis County, see above comment) on the “name change” list, and I think I know why–Fort Davis is one of the main forts used by “the Buffalo Soldiers” to fight the Commanches after the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers, of course, were black… Hmmmm….maybe that’s the reason, it might insult blacks if they change the name…. Hmmmm…..

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