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gpthelastrebel
Wed Dec 24 2008, 04:22PM Print
gpthelastrebel
Main Admin Main Admin Registered Member #1 Joined: Tue Jul 17 2007, 02:46PM
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I thought I had got quite a bit accomplished this year until I read this letter by Mr. H. K. Edgerton. While we did do a lot, Mr. Edgerton reminds us there is still a long way to go and many more obstacals we must pass.

For those who do not know Mr. edgerton he is a black Southern activist and former leader in the NAACP. You can see a photo of me and Mr. Edgerton in the image gallery "Alabama burial" photo # 28.


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A Look Back

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One day after having completed the some 1,600 miles to Texas on the Historic March Across Dixie, I would be sitting in my mom’s living room recounting tales of my adventure with some of my nieces and nephews. I must say that I was getting a little braggadocios in the accounting when my mom stepped into the room and quietly inquired of me; son did you not have on a pair of the best boots that modern man can make? Yes mam was my reply. And did you not spend the night in some of the best motel and hotels and even in the home of Sparks Ramey that I’ve heard you brag about under clean sheets? Yes mam was my reply. You have even claimed that by the time you left Louisiana that you had gained 14 pounds eating on craw fish and lobster tails. I am proud that you made the journey for our homeland, but you must never forget that the men of Jackson, Cleburne and Lee had no such amenities. These men ate rats and mule meat, droppings of corn left at the horse trough, ground up rocks, slept out in the open where ever they dropped after a day of walking the same twenty miles that you brag about. Some without shoes or socks, or two left foot shoes that didn’t even fit over ground not paved or grass that was cut, carrying guns and stock that weigh many pounds and then having to do battle to boot.

She went on to ask had the plaques of General Lee been placed back on the walls of the Supreme Court building in Austin. No mam was my reply. Had the baby girl in Kentucky been granted another Prom so that she might wear the beautiful dress of the Southern Cross that she had made (referring to Jacqueline Duty of Kentucky)? No mam was my reply. Had the children of Hayes High school right there in the Republic of Texas where Terry Lee and I had trod, been allowed to bring back the Southern Cross and cheer once again as the Rebels with a pride not of hate but love? No mam was my reply. Had the babies of Maryville High in Tennessee accomplished the same? No mam was my reply. She could have gone on, but I politely interrupted her with a but mom, and she looked at me with one of those loving mom looks and said; son you have not done enough.

I would quietly go to the corner where my flag stood, pick it up and walk up the street to the Montford Avenue Bridge over Interstate 240 and stand waving at the passersby. I had not been there long than would Terry Lee pass in the famous maroon I Think I Can Van that had safely carried us on the journey to Texas. HK, he would shout! Did we not just walk to Texas, and did we not just get back yesterday? Why are you standing out there on the bridge? You should be resting. I told him to go and talk to his mama. In less than ten minutes, I saw the Christian Cross of Saint Andrew heading up the road in my direction. It was Terry Lee. When he arrived where I stood, not a word was exchanged between us, he had talked to mom.

Terry Lee and I have received many accolades and honors since that day on the bridge that joins the road where my mom riding on a caisson drawn by two white horses that bore her body on her final earthly journey as the only Black woman to have a Confederate State Funeral, surrounded by her Southern family , Red, Yellow, Black and White, Sons of the Confederate Veterans who had stood over her as she lie in State, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Ladies of the Order of Confederate Rose that she loved so much, marching to the tune of George Forsythe, a grand bagpiper and her son Terry Lee with his crew of African Drummers, and I donned in the uniform of the Southern Soldier that she loved so much, and so many from the community that she had served. However, I can hear her from Heaven on high ask: Son what about young Candice Hardwick of Latta High School in South Carolina, what about the babies of Blount County High School in Tennessee, what about the men of DuPont in Richmond, Virginia who lost so much, what about Adrian Paul McClaren of Mississippi, what about the Depot at Ringgold, what about Mandeville High in Louisiana or Salem High in Conyers, Georgia that bans the shirt of Dixie OutFitters that bestowed a historic honor upon you and the name of Edgerton, what about Johns Hopkins University? Son you have not done enough!

To you Sons of Confederate Veterans, we the Edgerton‘s will commit the vindication of the cause for which you fought. To our strength will be given the defense of the Confederate Soldiers good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved, and those ideals which made him glorious.

HK Edgerton
www.southernheritage411.com



Edited Wed Dec 24 2008, 04:22PM
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randy ritchie
Thu Dec 25 2008, 12:40PM
randy ritchie
Registered Member #3 Joined: Fri Jul 20 2007, 12:05PM
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h.k. was a surprise guest at my scv meetings one night. he concluded his speech with a dramatic rendition of a poem about the battle flag. it was very inspiring.

randy
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gpthelastrebel
Thu Dec 25 2008, 06:16PM
gpthelastrebel
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H K is ahard working man, we are lucky to have him on our side.

GP
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gator
Fri Dec 26 2008, 12:09AM
gator
Registered Member #54 Joined: Sun Apr 27 2008, 03:32PM
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remarkable! i visited hk's site today and found lots of good things. it will be interesting to read more about his travels and the situations that he has encountered.

gator
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Lady Val
Sat Dec 27 2008, 05:45PM
Lady Val
Registered Member #75 Joined: Sat Nov 01 2008, 03:22PM
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I, too, have always appreciated HK's actions and believed that as a "black man in a gray kepi", he represented something unique. Unfortunately, however, he seems to have shown a certain lack of good sense in being a party to the image posted below. Quite a large number of people have e-mailed him begging for some clarification or, at least, an apology for an offensive action - albeit probably unintentional - but so far he has not responded. I hope he has better sense than to remain silent lest the worst possible motives be attributed to his actions.

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gpthelastrebel
Sun Dec 28 2008, 01:59AM
gpthelastrebel
Main Admin Main Admin Registered Member #1 Joined: Tue Jul 17 2007, 02:46PM
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Now that makes me really wonder-----

GP
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Lady Val
Sun Dec 28 2008, 02:43AM
Lady Val
Registered Member #75 Joined: Sat Nov 01 2008, 03:22PM
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You are not the only one wondering. But the developing problem is the lack of response from HK to those of his friends in the Cause who are asking for some sort of explanation. Silence is NOT beneficial either to HK or to those who defend him. It's sometimes hard to say, "Whoops! I made an error in judgment!" but it's better to say that than to be perceived as ignoring the queries of those who have seen this - and apparently, HK was quite open about the abomination. Well, hell, you don't have your picture taken with something like that if you don't want folks to know. I know that there are some folks that are giving him about five days to respond before they make up their own minds - and that was about three days ago.
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Sun Dec 28 2008, 05:14PM
Level 1 Registered Member #13 Joined: Thu Jan 01 1970, 12:00AM
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While I still have the right of freedom of speech in this Country to voice my opinion, I would like to do so now. And, I hope that I am not overstepping my bounds on the SHAPE site. If so, Mark or George, please delete it.

When I first saw that picture, I thought that it was a roar of thunder that I had just heard. But, I believe that it was a simultaneous rolling over of all Confederate dead.

I was very disappointed in what I see in the picture posted above. I have pulled this back up three times to make sure that what I saw IS there. I just cannot for the very life of me understand why anyone in this whole world (though they have the right to their opinion) believes that he would give hope to the South and respect and defense to the Confederate dead who deserve so much honor but have been handed nothing but hatred by those who know nothing of true history .

I believe that if he could be expected to show respect to the South and the Confederacy he had plenty of opportunity to do so while he was in front of the microphone those many months. He may have done so; but I did not hear it.

Carolyn


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Lady Val
Sun Dec 28 2008, 05:31PM
Lady Val
Registered Member #75 Joined: Sat Nov 01 2008, 03:22PM
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We don't all at every time exercise intelligent and rational responses.

I remember a particularly well loved TV weatherman from my youth who got carried away with a stupid and insensitive remark on a news program that was known for its "tongue in cheek" humor and lack of decorum. It ruined his career and his life. His remark was inexcusable and no amount of apologies could save him. Yet, he was a good man with a good heart who fell into the sort of "in your face" anti-establishment milieu favored by this particular news crew and station. They got away with it but he, a men unused to such cynicism, made the fatal error of not recognizing what was - and was not tolerated. He spoke without thinking and paid the ultimate price for doing so.

I, however, always felt sorry for what happened simply because I knew that he was the victim of an inability to embrace the sort of "journalism" that was extant at the time. It may well be that what we see here is not an "in your face" insult to the flag, but, like the gentleman above, an inability to see that the "joke" is NOT FUNNY and is an insult and an offense to the very people that HK at least SAYS he supports and respects.

But now the ball in is in HK's court. He has to come forth and explain his actions and proffer the necessary apology to those who believed in him and who wish to continue to do so. If he does so, we are duty bound as Christians to accept his apology and consign his momentary insensitivity to oblivion, remembering what he has done on (y)our behalf. If, on the other hand, he either cannot or will not explain his actions, then he must expect what will happen as a result. It may also be that he is not what he says he is and we have been "culled and diddled" by him for a considerable period of time. Doubtless, we will learn that as well.

But for now, given the fact that he might not yet be apprised of this tempest, we must exercise patience until that is no longer reasonably possible.
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gator
Sun Dec 28 2008, 06:45PM
gator
Registered Member #54 Joined: Sun Apr 27 2008, 03:32PM
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as we are speaking our minds, i must also ask the question of who are the 2 men standing with hk? if they are members of the sons of confederate veterans then they should also apoligize for the smirks on their faces, as they hold up the defaced battleflag, they have smiles as big as hk's. as a son of confederate veteran or any other proud southerner it is a disgrace to deface the battle flag such as seen here. thats not all i have to say, but it is the nicest way to say it.
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