From the Annals of Bad Decisions – In 1861, Gen. Winfield Scott ordered Col. Robert E. Lee to return to Washington from Texas to assume command of the Union Army. Instead, Lee resigned his post and was commissioned into the Rebel Army. After a rather undistinguished campaign in western Virginia and a brief stint as military advisor to the Insurgent Leader Jefferson Davis, Lee succeeded Joseph Johnston as the Insurgent Commander in June of 1862. Historians will never know and can only speculate as to how many lives were lost as a result of Lee’s decision.
Photo of Lee’s statue being removed.
From the Annals of the Southern Rebellion – In 1864, Rebel commander Hiram B. Granbury was killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. The battle was a near-complete disaster for the Rebel forces under the command of John Bell Hood and they lost more soldiers in that battle than in any other one-day battle of the entire war. The loss was not quite the end for Rebel forces in Tennessee as that came shortly afterwards at Nashville.
Granbury was born in Mississippi and graduated from Oakland College. In the 1850’s Granbury moved to Waco where he was admitted to the Texas State Bar and served as chief justice of McLennan County. After secession, Granbury recruited the Waco Guards and was elected by the troops as Major.
On February 15, 1862, he was captured with his command at the Battle of Fort Donelson – one of U.S. Grant’s first brilliant victories. He surrendered and was taken as a POW. Later that year, the Rebel officers were paroled as part of an officers exchange from prison. Granbury was given an early parole to take care of his terminally-ill wife Fannie. Granbury returned to service after his parole and was ultimately commissioned brigadier general.
The city of Granbury in Hood County is named for him and a statute of the Rebel leader sits on the Courthouse square.
So is Red honoring Granbury by relating this history? No, he is stating the known facts. Are Hood County and the State of Texas honoring Granbury by continuing to have a city named after him and a statute on the Courthouse lawn? Yes, and Red fully supports taking down such monuments to traitors. Renaming entire cities is a more difficult proposition that will take some time to deal with.