Civil Rights Movement
From: Barbara Lee Rowe [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:46 PM
Subject: Fw: Civil Rights Monument
My Dear H.K.:
I received a forward of your email from my very dear friends,
Tracy and Rodney. I was present during your visit to Gettysburg
and am so happy that you are helping us fight the fight and speak
the truth. I am the President of the Order of Confederate Rose
here in Gettysburg and have been involved in so many problems
with our flag. Now 4 school districts in PA are suspending students
for wearing any Confederate symbols. Our group will be lecturing
students at the Gettysburg Middle School very shortly to teach
them the truth about our flag and that it DOES NOT represent racism
as everyone seems to want to believe. How unfortunate that some
hate groups had taken our flag away from us and maligned it so
You are to be commended for the pride you carry for your ancestors
for they deserve to be honored and memorialized just as all Americans
should be. I only wish other African-Americans would follow suit
and be happy to celebrate with us our heritage and ancestors rather
than to believe untruths and political correctness. And I wish
the anglo-saxon Americans would also see to reason that southerners
should not be stereotyped as racists merely because we wish to
honor our ancestors and heritage.
I am writing to you because we of the Gettysburg OCR are having
our first fund raiser honoring Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, a dinner
and lecture on Nov. 12th. It would be great if you could join
us for there is more to learn about Fitzhugh Lee other than his
Confederate. I wanted you to know that I, too, have had my fill
with the Governor of Virginia and am furious and will be sending
him a letter once my event is over.
I wrote to the governor to request a proclamation for Fitzhugh
Lee in honor of his 170th birthday, for he was also a former governor
of VA (1885). He also spent the last years of his life campaigning
nationwide to raise funds for the U.S. Congress to be able to
fill the governments deficit!! Aside from all the other governmental
and military positions later held by Fitzhugh Lee, Governor Warner’s
office outright declined to do a proclamation for us. Now I ask
you: the Governor of Virginia declining to pay homage to a former
governor of VA?? That is unheard of. I have had about enough of
this behavior, as you have, from the VA government. If Teddy Roosevelt
had listened to Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee after the sinking of the
USS Maine in 1898, there would have been no Spanish-American War!
Where is the head of this liberal governor of a once structurally
prominent state of the nation?
Lastly, these were Fitzhugh Lee’s words some time after the Civil
war had ended: "There is no longer any section in this land,
no North, no South, no East and no West. We are all Americans
with a common flag, a common country, a common destiny."
The Governor of Virginia needs a wake-up call!
Thanks for all of your devotion to the cause, H.K.
Again, if you can make it to our dinner, would love to see you
God Bless,(and that is another thing–YES! GOD BLESS AMERICA!)
Barbara Lee Rowe
From: H.K. Edgerton [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2005 10:50 AM
Subject: Civil Rights Monument
It is plainly clear that the relentless attack upon the South
and our heritage continues with the message contained in the proposed
civil rights monument in Richmond, Va.. It still baffles me why
the Governors wife and politicians like her can associate racism
and bigotry with just the bad old Confederate South. It is even
more disheartening that someone who supposedly comes from Southern
ancestry can be so traitorous about teaching the true reasons
of how this divide between black and white folks came about during
the so called period of Reconstruction when Southern white folks
were ready to do right by the now freeded African and the modus
operandi of the controlling North was to create just the opposite.
To end this phenomenon called racism, prejudice and bigotry in
not just the old Confederate South,but the North as well; it is
essential that the true nature and causes of this conflict be
told. Those of us who are loyal to our Southland understand full
well why the government of Virginia continues to deny Confederate
History Month; if the conqueror can continue to promote his lies
and betrayal of history, then the divide and conqueror theory
will continue to be successful.
Any civil rights depiction on the capitol grounds anywhere in
the South should should be inclusive of the struggle we as Southerners
have had in the defense of the good name, actions and symbols
that are synonymous of all our ancestors then and now.
It should be the duty of all true Southern people to oppose any
interpretation that the true nature of the South was or is one
of hatred via racism, prejudice, and bigotry when we all know
that all these things are the true nature of man. The only time
that man ever reached a point toward the position of human love
that Jesus preached about was here in the Old South; true history
accurately records this premise.