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Confederate general's name removed from Army's road

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Army officials have renamed a road at Fort Bliss, removing its link to a prominent Confederate cavalry leader.

At a Monday ceremony, Forrest Road was changed to Cassidy Road in honor of the late Lt. Gen. Richard T. Cassidy.

"It was well-deserved because he was always a soldier's soldier," said Cassidy's widow, Annette.

The road had been named after Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Civil War commander and a one-time Ku Klux Klan leader until he left the group.

Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt said the post had received complaints about having a road named for Forrest. The complaints didn't prompt the change "but that's not to say it was not a consideration," she said.