10 military bases named after Confederate generals

President Donald Trump on Wednesday jumped into the debate over whether to change the names of 10 Army bases that are named for Confederate generals.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Monday that the Army would be “open to a bipartisan discussion on the topic.”

Trump said that his administration wouldn’t consider renaming bases.

Here are the 10 bases and the Confederate generals they’re named after:

Fort A.P. Hill – Ambrose Powell Hill Jr.

Located in Virginia, the facility was founded as a training ground during World War II. It is named after Ambrose Powell Hill Jr. A Confederate general, Hill Jr. was killed in battle a week before the Confederacy surrendered.

Camp Beauregard – P.G.T. Beauregard

Located in Louisiana, the installation was established as a training space during World War I. It is named after Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, a Confederate general who previously served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War.

He led southern militia to victory in the Battle of Sumter before the Confederate Army came into existence, but in 1865, he urged for the Confederacy to surrender as Union Gen. William Sherman advanced through the South.

Fort Benning – Henry Benning

Located in Georgia, the installation was established as a basic training ground during World War I. It is named after Henry Benning, a Confederate general, who was present at the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.

Fort Bragg – Braxton Bragg

Located in North Carolina, this venue is largest military installation in the world. Established as an artillery training ground during World War I, the facility was named after Braxton Bragg, a U.S. Army officer who served in the Second Seminole War and Mexican-American War before becoming a Confederate Army general.

According to the History Channel, Bragg won the most significant Confederate victory in the Western Theater at the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. He was later defeated by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Chattanooga. 

Fort Gordon – John Brown Gordon

Located in Georgia, the installation was founded as a training site for World War I. It is named after John Brown Gordon, a Confederate general who Robert E. Lee called one of his most trusted generals despite having no prior military training.

Fort Hood – John Bell Hood

Located in Texas, the venue was founded during World War II and used to test tanks to counter those used by Germany. It was named after John Bell Hood, a Confederate military officer who was promoted to full general in 1864.

His series of bold offensives on the Union Army that year proved ineffective, and he was demoted back to lieutenant general in 1865.

Fort Lee – Robert  E. Lee

Located in Virginia, the installation was first established during the Civil War and named after Gen. Robert. E. Lee.

According to the History Channel, Lee’s battlefield leadership earned him a reputation as one of the greatest military leaders in history as he consistently defeated larger Union armies. He fought against Union forces at Antietam and Gettysburg before surrendering to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1865.

Fort Pickett – George Pickett

Located in Virginia, the site was founded during World War II and named after Confederate Gen. George Pickett. He is most remembered for an infantry assault against Union soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg that result in heavy losses for the Confederate army.

Fort Polk – Leonidas Polk

Located in Louisiana, the facility was founded as a training ground during World War II. It is named after Leonidas Polk, a bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana who became a Confederate general.

Polk was killed in action in Georgia in 1864.

Fort Rucker – Edmund Rucker

Located in Alabama, the facility was opened during World War II and named after Col. Edmund Rucker. Rucker was given the honorary title of general.

During the Battle of Nashville in late 1864, Rucker was wounded and captured. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forest, later the Ku Klux Klan’s first Grand Wizard, organized for his release the following year.