Monday, September 30, 2013

The Last House Call & The Ellenboro Fair/ An Open Letter & Open Report
HK and Dixie at The Hunley Funeral 2004.

Dear Ms. Lunelle,

Almost immediately after I had been introduced, several hands would go up and the question that would be put to me; Mr. Edgerton, where do you stand on the President's request for support to take military action against Syria?

I would reply: " I find it ironic that President Obama who would champion the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Assad and many of the third world cruel dictators that have surfaced since the War Between the States took their training from the hand book of Lincoln's policy of committing total warfare on innocent old men, children and especially women, carried out by his Generals, Grant and Sherman.

( 2 ) Mr. Edgerton , I read where you spoke about the Dream of King, and have said that the likes of Jackson don't have a clue on how to bring the sons of former slave owners and the sons of former slaves to the Table of Brotherhood. What would you do or suggest how that would take place?

I would answer that I would solicit the help from a real trustworthy Holy Man, and my choice would be Father Alister Anderson, Past Chaplain In Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. After that answer, a lot of hands would go up. However, I would defer any questions on the matter to Father Anderson of whom I wished could have been present in this gathering of Black folks who now wanted to meet him.

One very old Black man would recount that his grand father had been taken by union troops and forced to serve in the Yankee army, and generally did not like to talk about the war, but when pushed to on an occasion of a family gathering, had cried as he recalled a day when he was forced to set the torch to a home of a decent White family who had shown so much kindness to him and other slaves that had been farmed out to them by their Master. He said that there was not a dry eye in that gathering, and that no one ever asked again of his grandpa about the War Between the States.

As I made my way from the low country of South Carolina, I could not help but feel a deep sadness that so many people of the South both White and Black had been turned against each other after they had stood together for so long in a test of human suffering and inevitable love and kindness that they would find for each other in the course of human events.

The Ellenboro Fair in Ellenboro, North Carolina that once issued to the Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans a ban on the Southern Cross because it would be offensive to some of the patrons has now in the third consecutive year welcomed the Rutherfordton Rifle Camp Sons and their Colors. I would don the uniform of the Southern soldier and alongside their Commander Jim Kennedy, Bud Scott and others of the Camp, post the Colors for four days before the fifth day would rain us all out.

 HK Edgerton

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