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Letter to the Editor, June 8, 2021; W&L will stay W&L: Military base names?
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Letter to the Editor, June 8, 2021; W&L will stay W&L: Military base names?

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W&L will stay W&L:

Military base names?

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

The Washington & Lee University Board of Trustees did the right thing to retain "Lee" in its name. It also did right to remove Confederate symbols and promote diversity and inclusion.

Robert E. Lee probably saved Washington College from closing in the tumultuous years after the Civil War. He also initiated educational reforms as he did when he was the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was a postwar voice of national reconciliation.

What is far less defensible is the U.S. Department of Defense's continued use of Confederate generals' last names for military bases, e.g., Braxton Bragg, John Bell Hood, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, George Pickett and Robert E. Lee. Of course, these bases are in former Confederate states. At least we don't have a base named for Benedict Arnold.

Walt Pulliam Jr.

Henrico.

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