Fred London – 9/7/2011 Message
Mr. Edgerton Sir,
This is Fred London. We had a brief, one-on-one conversation at the Battle of Blountville several weeks ago. I typically portray a Union chaplain. Perhaps you remember me? I sent you an e-mail via your personal e-mail address shortly after the event, but never received a reply. And so, I thought I would make another attempt via your Facebook page.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I do not believe you sensed any hate or animosity on my part during our conversation. Although it was clear we had our differences, I hope that you will agree that the spirit of the conversation, along with my attitude, was one of respectful dissent. You concluded the conversation by expressing the desire to continue our dialog in the future. If you were sincere in that statement, I hope you will make good on that expressed desire.
I am a Christian, and have become quite familiar with your message and approach, and yet, I have no hate towards you. In fact, for whatever it may be worth, although I disagree with the message, alongwith with the method, I find myself still liking the messenger. I have lived half of my life in the North and half in the South, and am not much younger than you. I was indoctrinated, if you will, from both perspectives, have studied American history from both Northern and Southern sources, and yes, have even bothered to read the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Most of all, I have invested most of my life in studying the Bible.
You are a very, very intellegent man, with much knowledge, and it is quite apparent that God has blessed you with an array of gifts. Occasionally, we will encounter each other at reenactment events. We certainly can engage each other as time may permit via e-mail, if you are inclined to do so. Before you, you have a white Christian with Union leanings, who is desirous of initiating and possibly cultivating some degree of relationship with you.
And, although, I have invested some time in researching your background in order to gain a bit of understanding of who H.K. Edgerton is today, as I know you would agree, you can’t believe everything you read. I would much prefer to find out for myself the “real truth,” first hand, about who, what and why H.K. Edgerton has become the H.K. Edgerton displayed in the public arena.
I look forward to receiving your reply, and hopefully, a positive one. Thank you, in advance, for your time and kind attention to this expressed sentiment.
From: HK Edgerton [email@example.com]
Date: Sat, Sep 10, 2011
Dear Mr. London Sir,
Had you been on my email list, you would have read my response to all my conversations of the day you expressed. I was somewhat surprised to find someone with the audacity to defend the outrages committed by the Northern army so passionately, yet very impressed that the Southern side of your upbringing showed in your manners and conversation. God bless you, and I look forward in future discourse of said matters.