Dino Drudi (left), of Alexandria, and Sam Smith, a Civil War historian from D.C., stand in front of a painting of Gen. Robert E. Lee at the City Council Chamber in Alexandria, Va. The two men testified during a recent public hearing to discuss whether to stop naming new city streets after historic American people and places, and Confederate figures such as Lee.
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Civil War and American history buffs may have felt a twinge of sadness on Saturday, Jan. 25, when the Alexandria, Va., City Council voted to end a decades-long street-naming practice outlined in its more than half century-old City Code.
The Alexandria City Council is considering eliminating a section of the city code requiring all new north-south roads to be named for Confederate military leaders.