October 23, 2020
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
October 14, 2020, marked the 18 year anniversary day that the Historic March Across Dixie would begin from the Cenotaph of the Honorable Zebulon B. Vance Cenotaph in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. And, thankfully, Terry Lee Edgerton would once again shoulder the cost and began playing via Spectrum TV the documentary of this historic event.
Terry Lee is now soliciting funding help to continue broadcasting this event all the way back to Austin, Texas.
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, I would begin traveling to the Cradle of the Confederacy for my annual education sabbatical, and several speaking engagements.
And, I certainly want to thank Eric the truck driver who came to my aid after a brand new tire blew out, and would take a Ph.D. to figure out how to change it. And not to forget, the husband and wife business owners who allowed me to remain in their driveway for over three hours. Or, the Tire Doctor organization who sold me a tire after the new one was deemed un-repairable.
On Friday morning, October 16, 2020, I would find myself in conversation with several very prominent ladies of Marion, Alabama, one of whose family name stills remains on the building that houses the Anderson-Barnes Antiques & Collectibles from which we now gathered. We would speak of those who now enter the South with the sole purpose of disturbing the peace. And the sacrilege they bring with the desecration and removal of the Memorials to our sacred dead. I will share those conversations in my upcoming book.
Later in the evening, accompanied by the Honorable Gary Johnson, my host for the week’s activities, we made our way to Auburn, Alabama, where I would speak to the members of the Honorable Robert E. Lee Camp 16 Sons of Confederate Veterans, their families, and guests who would come from far and near to hear me speak.
President Davis said: “Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defence we made of our inheritance & denying the great truths on which all our institutions were founded.”
To be crushed by superior force, to be robbed & insulted, were great misfortunes, but these could be borne while there still remained manhood to assert the truth, and a proud consciousness in the rectitude of our course. When I find myself reviled by Southern papers as one renewing ‘dead issues,’ the pain is not caused by the attack upon myself, but by its desecration of the memories of our Fathers & those of their descendants who staked in defense of their rights — their lives, their property & their sacred honor.
To deny the justice of their cause, to apologize for its defense, and denounce it as a dead issue, is to take the last of their stakes, that for which they were willing to surrender the other.
I would later thank the Camp members, its Commander, the Honorable Jay Hinton, and all who would show me an evening of great generosity and kindness.
God bless you,
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage
Honorary Life Member, Zebulon Vance Camp 15, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
President, Southern Heritage 411