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Historical March Across Dixie Documentary

From: H.K. Edgerton []
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 10:36 AM
To: ''

Dear Commander Butler,
It has been my intent to play the Historical March Across Dixie Documentary on Charter Channel in Maryville, Tennessee, for three one hour segments beginning on January 16th and ending January 18, 2006. Most of the details have been worked out with the exception of funding. To date my plea for help for resources has netted $228.00.

The euphoria of the football season in Maryville has subsided; the presence of the flag at the basketball arena is much needed. The time to teach is here as much as visibility. There is here in Maryville an opportunity to bring our Southern family together again in understanding . There are forces who are anti-Southern at work in Maryville who come with the same abolitionist rhetoric saturated with lies and pretended love for the poor mistreated Black folk, and all the ways to beat up on the bad old White Southern folk and get even. We can either go on the offense for our Southern family by peacefully teaching truth here in Maryville, and then let the chips fall where they may. We must tell our young Black children about the Union or Loyal Leagues and the part they played in the divide of our southern family. We must tell our young White children of Levi Carnine, Holt Collier, Rev. Mack Lee, Hattie Edgerton, and of the throngs of loyal Black Confederates . We must remind the nation of an honorable people who have never had their day in the body politic; a place where this nation can pay her debts to the Southern people. I am truly offended by the Poverty Pimps who want no true sense of history; least they would read the Morril Act, the Original 13th Amendment, the 14th Amendment with an understanding of an old Southern saying: the pot can't call the kettle black. The resolve of the love that we have as family here in the South is the one thing that all the Northern chicanery can not undo. To make historical traitors of Southern Black folk is an outright lie, and to try to turn us all into modern day traitors by attacking the Confederate Flag, with some kind of supposition that it has earned for Black folks some kind of justice is pure poppycock.

H.K. Edgerton


"We don't mind the flag, we just never found any ownership in it". We heard there were Black Confederate soldiers, but until the day we saw you sitting outside Maryville High and attending our football games, we never knew what to think other than White folks used it against us when they were mad at us. The irony was that neither the Black or White kids could tell me the name of one single Black man who had served the Confederacy."

These lines above that you wrote a few days ago do much to explain the feelings of many black children. If they knew the real story and history of black folks during the war, I believe they would feel much differently.

Therefore, I think it is incumbent upon us to educate these children about their ancestors. I will work toward putting together as much information about this subject as possible over the next few years and make it public on our web site.

We need to think about creative ways to get this information to the children and adults.

If you find or have information that you think would help and needs to be included on our site, please inform me and I will see that it is added.

Your unwavering love for everyone, black and white, and your unselfish and giving nature is awe inspiring, and is constant a source of inspiration for me.

Dewey Barber