Camp 87 – Executive Order / An Open Letter & Open Report / Southern Heritage Biblical Conference
From: HK Edgerton [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Subject: Camp 87 – Executive Order / An Open Letter & Open Report / Southern Heritage Biblical Conference
To: siegels1 [email@example.com]
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
On Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the invitation of Pastor Paul Mcdade, I would travel to Springfield, Tennessee to his congregations Conference, whose theme this year was Southern Heritage and Biblical Revelation focusing on the Bond-Servant in Biblical context.
On this evening, I would conduct a three hour taped interview with Pastor Paul and his staff. I would speak foremost about the deranged young man, Dylan Roof, who had killed nine Black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, just as would another deranged individual would later do in Texas.
I would tell how the Northern Press, after gaining no leverage in their claims of an insensitive and racist organizations of the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy because they had not lowered the Confederate Battle Flag atop the Confederate soldiers monument to half staff as other State organizations had done in tribute to the fallen victims, drew no traction simply because they had no power to do so. They would later produce a photoshopped picture of Roof with the Southern Cross in one hand, and the pistol he used to commit his senseless act in the other, while proclaiming that somehow that the Southern Cross was responsible.
Even after proclaiming that the flag had nothing to do with this horrific act, Lindsay Graham, in less than 24 hours, would join in with Nikki Haley in issuing a resolution to remove the Southern Cross from atop the Confederate soldiers monument, something that the Legislature had vowed would never happen after they removed it from atop the Capitol dome.
An action that figuratively served up the South to those who had already expressed their hate for Southern culture and heritage. And, true to form, they began circling the wagon in an ISIS like manner, defaming the lives of the Honorable General Robert E. Lee, President Jefferson Davis, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, General Thomas Stonewall Jackson, and the memorials and gravesites of them and the men and women of their integrated forces who had made a stand against those who would illegally invade their homeland with a total warfare order from Lincoln to take the theater of war to the doors of the innocent and defenseless old men, women and children. They were to kill all the farm animals, burn their homes and worship places, rape at will, steal all the food and goods of value, and that there would never be an accounting for what they did. And they did like no other army would do in the annals of mankind.
On Friday night, I would deliver the keynote speech. On Saturday morning, November 4, 2017, Pastor Paul and Pastor Jeff would speak on the Bond servant in Biblical context. Their messages are too far reaching to try and discuss in this discourse. However, I shall give a detailed report later. It is appropriate to report that a complete exoneration is due the Southern people as they forged their communities to act according to the teachings of the Almighty God as prescribed by him as it related to the treatment of those in bondage, and the reciprocating that servant is to give to his Master. Those of our African ancestors in the Southland of America escaped the only alternative left to them, which would have been death, had they been sent to any of the other places that became a part of the transatlantic slave trade, or the contrived Annual Customs (a day of raiding other tribes, killing the men and stealing the women)
King Gezo of Dahomey said: “The slave trade is the ruling principle of my people. It is the source and the glory of their wealth… the mother lulls the child to sleep with notes of triumph over an enemy reduced to slavery. In 1807, as Britain made illegal the international trade in slaves; the King of Bonny (now in Nigeria) was horrified at the conclusion of the practice and said: We think this trade must go on. That is the verdict of our oracle and the priests. They say that your country, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself.”
On November 8, 2017, I would receive the attached message deemed a camp executive order from the Executive Council of Camp 87 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans ordering its members not to participate in any demonstration, or protest, at the Knoxville Veterans Day Parade, something that Mrs. Lisa Thomas and myself began some eight years ago in protest of American Legion Post #2 in complicit with the City of Knoxville to mount an act of content discrimination to ban the Confederate soldier and his Colors from participating in, regardless of the Federal law that so deems the Confederate soldier and Navy as American Veterans, and the Congressional mandate that his Colors are a venerated symbol.
My conscious and moral being would not allow me to adhere to this command. And I knew that defying it would draw serious repercussions. I had mixed feelings when Mrs. Thomas’ son Cameron, of whom I fondly call my nephew, informed me that he would join me along the Parade route. I did not want to get him into trouble with the Camp.
On Friday, November 10, 2017, don in the uniform of the Southern soldier, I would post his Colors along the Parade route, and be joined by Cameron, and his girl friend and her babies who, too, would post the Colors to the expressed delight of not only those who surrounded us posing for pictures, but also returning the salutes and words of thanks from the many participants in the parade as many would exit their vehicles for a hug, and one of those salutes.
A young woman from Norway would express her surprise at seeing a Black man in the South with the Southern Cross In hand after being taught in her country that Black people hated the Confederate flag. After my sermon to correct that, she would be told by two other Black spectators just how wrong that teaching was. I was so proud.
And it got better as nine Asians from Canada would ask for a picture with me. One of the young ladies told me that they had parked six blocks from where we stood, but that, as they got two blocks away, they could see the battle flag, and hope that it was HK Edgerton, a legend in Canada. She told me about a contingent of Canadians who had come South and joined the Confederate forces.
After the parade, they would follow me another two blocks up to the garage where I parked to get a copy of the Historic March Across Dixie Photo Journal. And, as God would have it, I just happened to have nine of my Historic Dixie Outfitters shirts left from my visit to Springfield, with my picture and the caption that so deemed me as a modern day Confederate hero. I have never seen so much delight. As I exited the parking garage after meeting my new found family, and making them promise not to mention the 30 minutes that we searched for my car, the attendant refused to charge me for parking. It was one great day in Dixie. God bless you, and thanks Ms. MaryElla for the wonderful dinner and March Across Dixie Anniversary cake and dinner.
Longstreet Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans