Goodbye Fort Pickett – Hello Rewriting of History

We’re not saying that Col. Van Barfoot wasn’t a great American hero. After all he was a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. But we’re sad that this famous post is one of nine U.S. Army installations — and the only Army National Guard installation — being redesignated based on the Naming Commission’s recommendations to remove the names, symbols, displays, monuments and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America.

In this case it was George Edward Pickett, a career United States Army officer who became a major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for being one of the commanders at Pickett’s Charge, the futile and bloody Confederate offensive on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg that bears his name.

The Civil War is the latest target of the revisionist Left. They need to be careful. Without reminders of our first and most terrible internal battle we may make a mistake and start another.