Fort Bragg (North Carolina)

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Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, in Cumberland and Hoke counties, North Carolina, U.S., mostly in Fayetteville but also partly in the town of Spring Lake. It was also a census-designated place in the 2000 census and had a population of 29,183. The fort is named for Confederate General Braxton Bragg. It covers over 251 square miles (650 km2) in four counties. It is best known as the home of the US Army Airborne Forces and Special Forces.

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Camp Bragg was established on September 4, 1918, as an artillery training ground. The aim was for six artillery brigades to be stationed there and $6 Million was spent on the land and cantonments.[2] There was an airfield on the camp used by aircraft and balloons for artillery spotters which was named Pope Field on April 1, 1919 — in honor of First Lieutenant Harley H. Pope[2] an airman who was killed whilst flying nearby. The work on the camp was finished on November 1, 1919.[2] It was named to honor a native North Carolinian, Gen. Braxton Bragg, who commanded Confederate States Army forces in the Civil War.

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