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March Across Virginia / An Open Letter / Reflections

Today, Monday November 6, 2006 , I will have to make the decision on whether to continue the March Across Virginia and the efforts to raise the necessary funds, and other needed support. I further agonize in that thought as I read the following passage from the Sons of Confederate Veterans Chaplain's Handbook( Remembering General R.E.Lee---Senator B.H.Hill of Georgia in a speech he delivered to the Southern Historical Society: When the future historian shall come to survey the character of Lee, he will find it rising like a huge mountain above the undulating plain of humanity, and he will lift his eyes high toward Heaven to catch its summit. He possessed every virtue of great commanders without their vices. he was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression, and victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy, and a man without guile. He was Caesar, without his ambition; Frederick, without his tyranny; Napoleon, without his selfishness, and Washington, without his reward. He was obedient to authority as a servant, and royal in authority as a true king. He was gentle as a woman in life; modes and pure as a virgin in thought; watchful as a Roman festal in duty; submissive to law as Socrates, and grand in battle as Achilles!

There are many ironies in my contemplation . Here my brother and I are in the very State of Marse Lee ; heading North as he did to the Nations Capitol though now in retreat. Here in the State where he gave his all for her defense; yet in the very county(Amherst ) where we began, his flag would be removed dishonorably from the seal that depicted his historic stand ; here in his home where his name would be removed from the Boys Scout Council, here in his home where several of his men rest on the grounds of the DuPont Plant, yet they have been forbidden to be memorialized by the people who hold them dear, here in his State who house the Capitol of his Confederacy; Confederate History Month would be denied from a Senate whose members once asked Marse Lee to make his stand; and as if this is not bad enough; the Church of Marse Lee; the Episcopal Church, would deny the family of two Confederate soldiers (Vas brothers) buried on their grounds, a memorial service.

Here in the great State of Virginia, our Southern babies now gather their views of the past from partisan histories rather than from sacredly preserved traditions, from generally Northern school books and authors who paint our heroes and heroines as traitors, and unholy provocateurs of the economic institution of slavery , while purposely omitting the place of honor , dignity and heroism earned by the African people in defense of their homeland, the Southland of America.

I hope in my heart that this retreat on highway 29 North does not last long .We carry a message to the nation of men and women who exemplified every trait of honor and loyalty of any citizen who called themselves American.