“Battle of Antietam- the opening of the fight- Hooker’s division fording the Great Antietam Creek to attack the Confederate army under General lee, ten o’clock A. M., September 17th, 1862.”— Frank Leslie, 1896
The woke military is looking to rename not just military bases but things named after individual Confederates.
This is a new movement by the Democrat Taliban to erase any mention of uncomfortable realities in US history.
Somehow the name “Antietam”, which is the name of a Navy destroyer, was included on the list of proposed deletions by the renaming commission. Not only is this sheer ignorance, as Antietam was a Union victory, but it led directly to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
But Antietam is on the chopping block says retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard.
Air Force Times reported:
The Pentagon’s Confederate renaming commission is taking a look outside places and things named after individual Confederates, its chair told reporters Friday, to include anything named to honor the Confederacy.
Fort Belvoir and the guided missile destroyer Antietam have not before come up in the Confederate renaming discussion, but retired Adm. Michelle Howard said that the commission is taking a broad look.
Belvoir, originally the name of a plantation on which the post now sits, was dubbed Fort A.A. Humphreys when it became an Army installation in 1917. In 1935, it went back to Belvoir, at the request of a Virginia congressman who wanted to recognize the historical Belvoir plantation.
“We want to get to Fort Belvoir and dig more deeply into the historical context,” Howard said.
Similarly, she added, the guided missile cruiser Antietam is also under consideration, because it’s named after a Civil War battle.
“… it depends on whether or not you see Antietam as a Union victory,” Howard said, of the battle that ended in a sort of truce, with Confederate troops withdrawing, though the Union took more casualties.
Reader Charles Burt wrote: I have walked the Antietam Battlefield, from the Cornfield, to the Dunker Church, along The Bloody Lane, and to the Burnside Bridge, where Lee was finally forced to retreat back to Virginia. To even consider consigning “Antietam” to the dust-bin of history is a grave insult to the memories of the thousands of brave Union soldiers who fought and died to save the Union and end slavery.