A congressionally-chartered group assigned to reviewing federal names related to the Confederacy, as reported by The Gainesville Times, has created shock waves by saying the lake and dam are “within its remit for consideration, but not within its purview to provide a naming recommendation.” 

Why? Someone researched that Lake Lanier, named for famed poet Sydney Lanier, served during the 1860s in the Confederate Army as a private. Buford Dam is named for the town, the namesake of Lt. Col. Algernon Buford, who served in the Virginia Militia during the Civil War. All of this is in the The Naming Commission’s Final Report to Congress last year.  

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