While many might think our young Republic’s Civil War was fought exclusively in the pastures of Pennsylvania and corn fields of the Carolinas, many of those who joined the Southern Cause hailed from The West – and some left their names on our cities and towns.
With a renewed effort to erase any memory of the secessionists who took up arms against The North underway in the wake of a horrific church shooting in Charleston, S.C. last month – some, like the residents of Fort Bragg, Cal., are wondering if they’re about to get caught up in the nationwide attempt at revision.
Will we, residents of Fort Bragg wonder, have to change our name as a strict reading of Senate Bill 539 – introduced by Orinda’s 7th District Sen. Steve Glazer – intimates? After all, Fort Bragg is named for Braxton Bragg, an officer serving in the West who defected to the Confederacy when the Civil War broke out in 1861.
Bragg was, after all, a high-ranking Confederate general and adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis after he left the town that bears his name to serve the South. So should Fort Bragg be worried?
See what Fort Bragg’s mayor and a spokesman for Sen. Glazer said about the issue in a story on the subject in the Sacramento Bee.