Sunday, March 13, 2016


This is the monument to my great grandfather, John Pelopidus Leach. It was erected at the time of his death in 1914 and depicts two hands shaking, one black and one white, with the inscription: "This Is What He Meant - All Men Up, Erected By His Colored Friends."

When he was nineteen years of age, Private Leach surrendered at Appomattox and walked home to North Carolina with his black friend and companion, Needham Leach. Later in life, Private Leach represented Warren County as a State Senator in 1892 and as the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Court of the same county from 1892 to 1896. He continued to love and cherish the Confederate Battle Flag until the day he died. During those years he offered free firewood to those in need and divided land into smaller than normal size lots and sold them at reduced rates to enable the poor to be become homeowners. He also donated the land for the Enon Baptist Church (Black) in Littleton. 

Lee's Surrender, By My Great Grandfather

Black Mammy & Black Confederate Soldier In My Family


Dated and re-posted as original link went bad.


By Luci Weldon, The Warren Record

If you were driving down the road and saw a black man carrying a  Confederate flag, what would your reaction be?

Many of us would have to admit that we would be surprised to say the  least because the sight of a Confederate flag is likely to spark  strong emotions. To some, the symbol represents a part of the
honorable history of people who held high principles. To others, the  flag represents only hatred and oppression.

At times, these opposing viewpoints reach the forefront of discussion  such as in the case of whether clothing depicting the Confederate  flag is appropriate to wear to public school.

Asheville resident H.K. Edgerton, a black man, has proudly carried  the Confederate flag over many, many miles in his mission to educate  people of all races and ages about southern history so that
southerners will be proud of their heritage.

On Monday, that mission brought him to Littleton and the start of a  160-mile march to Richmond, Va. He plans to travel about 15 miles a  day, five days per week, all while carrying a Confederate flag.

"In Richmond, Virginia, the DuPont Company has banned Confederate  symbols from their plant and have ignored requests to honor  Confederate soldiers buried on their property, and this in the former
capital city of the Confederate States of America," he said.

Edgerton serves as chairman of the board of advisors of Southern  Legal Resource Center, Inc., which has an office in Black Mountain,  and has been active with that organization for about seven years.

He  is also the immediate past president of the Asheville NAACP and is a  life member of the NAACP.

A retired engineer, Edgerton and his brother later owned and operated  an office products company in Fullerton, Calif.

Edgerton chose to begin his march at a monument located at Mosby  Avenue in Littleton which honors Confederate Private John Leach,  described as a pioneer in southern race relations. The monument is  inscribed, "This is what he meant - All men up! Erected by his  Colored Friends."

"I am very proud to call myself a Confederate American," he said. "I  want to educate folks about our wonderful heritage. You can't find  more honorable people than southerners."

He added that others are "trying to divide black people and white  people."

"We are a family in the Southland of America," Edgerton said. "I  caution you that if you don't know your history, you can't know where  you are going."

As he began his march on Monday morning, he wore a Dixie Outfitters  shirt and Dixie Outfitters jeans.

"What they want to do is tell the truth about southern heritage," he  said, describing the owner of the company as "one of the finest  gentlemen that I know."

Perhaps most of all, Edgerton hopes that young people of all races in the south will learn more about their history and be proud of that  history.

"Our babies now don't know history," he said. "Southern people have  always been some of the most patriotic, God-loving people in the  country."

The journey which began Monday is not Edgerton's first march. In  fact, he completed a 1,600-mile March across Dixie as well as a 260- mile march to attend the Confederate submarine Hunley funeral in  South Carolina.

"When I walked to Texas, the deeper I traveled in the south, more  black people came out to recall history, to talk about their heritage  and their love for the south, all the black men who played a part in  the (Civil) war, honorable men in the war," Edgerton said. "Black  Confederates who earned places of honor are not talked about in the  Civil War. It baffles me how you can talk about Black History Month  and not Confederate History Month."

He noted that the heritage of southerners includes helping one another.

"The people of the south have always been a family together, then  people tried to separate us," Edgerton said. "We are still a family here."

He went on to praise the "Christian white folks of the south."

"Blacks and whites are a family in the south," he said. "Whites have  always been proud to see black people advance. It is now time for  people to know our honorable heritage. I'm going to Richmond to
reclaim the heritage of our honorable people."

Edgerton, describing the Confederate flag as the Christian cross of  St. Andrew, added that others, such as the Ku Klux Klan, have caused  an incorrect meaning to be associated with this symbol.

"History has been twisted around," he said. "It is time for all to  know the truth, and our black babies to know that there is a place of honor under this flag for them."

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