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An Open Letter & Open Report / The Confederate Soldier / Conversation In The Street
From: HK Edgerton [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Subject: An Open Letter & Open Report / The Confederate Soldier / Conversation In The Street
To: siegels1 [email@example.com]
As I stood with the Southern Cross posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, a young lady would tell me that I needed to define why I cared so much about the Confederate soldier that I would stand out in the cold of this day with his Colors posted.
I would tell her there is no reward equal to the respect of one’s fellow man. It is a reward that must be earned, and few are there who gain it in the degree and the measure so universally, and with so many people, as did the Confederate soldier. The life of such a man is an encouragement to everyone who knows of it.
I would tell her of the many places that I had been listening to the pre-planned script that the Southern Poverty Law Center has in place on its website to discredit the memory of the Confederate soldier. And, how I often wondered if these individuals who stand before commissions, councils, boards and, especially, the Almighty God, trying to expound upon the lies they read, have any conscience.
And, after watching the Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller, and Commissioner Charles Smith of Bradenton, Florida, extort the vote they needed from their fellow commission members by utilizing the thugs of Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the rest of the thugs that George Soros could round up, to discredit the monuments to his memory, my conclusion is they have no moral fibre for me to draw upon. My only choice to deterge their actions was to come to the streets with my case, by following the charge of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and taking it to the people.
So, what is that charge, would ask a young man who now stood before me along with several people who had also joined the young lady and I listening in? With a big grin on my face, I would recite the charge of the Sons of Confederate Veterans issued by the Honorable General Stephen Dill Lee in New Orleans, La. in 1906: “To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the cause we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate Soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.” And now folks, here I stand doing just that.
Suddenly, a group of young Black men and women would drive by proclaiming that “Mr. HK, we got your back,” while giving their version of the Rebel Yell which sounded more like a song of baptism. I would accept the hugs from all, with the exception of the lone Yankee who looked so confused with what he had witnessed and heard.
I would return home in time to listen to the live feed of a commission meeting in Defuniak Springs, Florida, and the public debate about taking down the 1st National Flag from the flag pole on the courthouse grounds. To confirm what I had just told the young people earlier, of all things, a White woman would tell the commission how, when she was younger, traveling through the South with her family how disturbed and offended she would become at the site of the many battle flags she saw. Ironic, I thought. That Southern Poverty Law Center message was really meant for Black folks to recite, and she wasn’t doing a very good job of convincing anyone present. God bless you!
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina & Tennessee Order of the Confederate Rose