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Fort Gordon is named for Confederate Lt. Gen. John B. Gordon who was among Lee’s most trusted officers. Gordon served as a Democratic Georgia senator from 1873 to 1880 and again from 1891 to 1897. He was also governor of Georgia from 1886 until 1890.
According to the National Defense Authorization Act, an appointed commission shall not only to create the process for renaming the bases but also to determine the cost of removing not only the offending names but also any symbols, monuments or other objects related to the Confederacy. The act also directs Commission members to consider any “local sensitivities” related to the re-namings.