Foundation asks US president to rename Fort Bragg Fort Kosciuszko
The New York-based Kosciuszko Foundation has requested US President Donald Trump that Fort Bragg in North Carolina be renamed Fort Kosciuszko. In an open letter to the US head of state, it stated that all Americans could be proud of Kosciuszko.
"The U.S. Army has 10 bases named after confederate officers, such as Braxton Bragg, who were traitors and declared war on the United States. That makes no sense. Bragg's unit killed U.S. Army soldiers. Why should American soldiers serve at a base that honors their enemy?" reads the letter.
The authors of the letter recalled that "Kosciuszko built Fortress West Point, which he suggested be used as the United States Military Academy. Among Kosciuszko's credits was devising the winning strategy for the Battle of Saratoga that was the turning point of the revolution."
"Kosciuszko fought to free the white indentured peasants of Europe, he stood up for the rights of enslaved Africans, Native Americans, Jews, Women and all. He set aside his salary from the American Revolution with instructions that it be used to purchase and free slaves, and that money be left over for their education and to purchase them land, cattle, and farming tools so they could support themselves in our free country," they wrote.
"If ever there were a military man of virtue that all Americans can be proud of, it is Kosciuszko," reads the letter signed by Alex Storozynski, Chairman of the Board, and Marek Skulimowski, President and Executive Director.
A copy of the letter was sent to leader of the Republican majority in the Senate Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Fort Bragg is the largest US Army base, with nearly 50,000 soldiers stationed there.