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An Open Letter / March Into Washington, D.C./ March Across Dixie-- The Re-Union

As I look forward to the resurgence of the activity necessary to complete the March Across Virginia on into the Nations Capitol on Saturday morning September 29, 2007, and the imminent March Across Dixie Re-Union March commencement on Friday October 19, 2007, I can't help but to reflect on the events of days past that compel me to this undertaking.

So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery. I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished. I believe that it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have suffered to have this object attained. These were the words from a man whose very own daughter on June 13, 1902 while sitting in the Negro section of a streetcar in Alexandria, Virginia , was told to move by the Conductor , he later returned and found out that she had not moved, and again demanded that she move ; again she refused, and was carted off to the police station for not complying ; not the daughter of Rosa Parks grandfather, but Ms.Mary Custis Lee , daughter of the Honorable General Robert E. Lee.

I only have to look back to the recent events in Mobile Alabama as the Sons of Confederate Veterans culminated its' Convention early to allow its' members to participate in the historic burial of an unknown Confederate Soldier . In lieu of all the love that was and is always shown to my brother and I whenever we gathered at gatherings of our Southern family; there was those who would come forward and tell us both that there were those among us who did not want us there. It would be easy to deem them bigoted or racist . However, my dear mother who is now in Heaven would have said to me and Terry Lee ; sons' , please never forget the events of reconstruction in the South , and the animus ( deep seated resentment and hostility ) caused by those who look just like you who climbed into bed with the Northern conqueror hell bent on fratricide , and who became nothing less himself than a free booter (pirate). Never let these people make you feel derogated , fortify yourself in the spirit of God and those men and women of the South who looked just like you , and gave their all , loyally and honorably and in so many cases their lives and that of their children, time after time as they were terrorized by the Union League and the Union Army who shot so many of them whenever they faced capture , nor forget those who rode alongside General Cleyburn, General Lee, General Jackson or the men under their commands or their courageous and loving wives left behind who faced daily rape, murder and robbery, and whose first line of defense was a man or woman who looks just like you , one she would also lay down her life for . This thought only brought back the memories of the beautiful Anna Warnke from Cummings, Georgia, who had stood before me at the doors of the Semmes home waiting to attend the wake of the unknown soldier of the CSS Alabama alongside her brother, General Joe and the rest of her family. Anna like her peers Candice Harwick of Latta, South Carolina, Amiee Roberson from Blount County, Tennessee, Katelynn Skillas of Eutis, Florida , or my little Black baby girl, La Deidra Dukes from Alabama are the epitome of the brave and courageous Southern woman ,whose tenacity is legendary , and in spite of all odds stacked against them , came and come forward for their homeland, the Southland of America ; how could I do less ?

Thereby, I again I make a plea to those who seek the vindication of the terrible wrong heaped upon the region of this Nation known as the Southland of America to give of your humane and fiscal resources to make these marches successful.

Your Brother,
H.K. Edgerton