June 19, 2020 --
Maybe some of the naming of southern forts for Confederate generals was not meant as a compliment.
Consider General Braxton Bragg. He did not have a good reputation as a general, nowhere near that of Gen. James Longstreet, yet Longstreet is only a road in Fort Bragg.
Could naming the entire installation for Bragg have been intended as an inside joke?
|It seems to LPR that if the naming were serious, the name of the installation would be Fort Longstreet. Longstreet, by the way, convinced General Lee at Appomattox that his pre-war friend from West Point, General Grant, would be magnanimous to the South. Grant's wife Julia Dent, was a distant relation of Longstreet, who attended their wedding and may have been a groomsman. And at Appomattox, he renewed his friendship with Grant, and eventually became a Republican, voting for Grant as president.