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On Tue, Jan 19, 2010, Valerie Protopapas - wrote:

Dear Mr. Edgerton,

I am a friend of and a “sister” to PoP (he told me to tell you that when he gave me your e-mail address).

I have the above photograph and I would like to use it together with a small comment by yourself in The Southern Cavalry Review, which is the newsletter of The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society. I am the editor of that publication and I am trying to overcome the feeling of shame that some members of the Society have expressed about being associated with a “Confederate” organization. They admire and are interested in these two heroes of the War of Secession, but often they simply read the newsletter and do little else because they think that their involvement somehow taints them as “racists”.

Frankly, I can think of nothing that disproves that notion more than you, your actions, you beliefs and photographs like this. I believe (from the label on the photo) that this was taken at the funeral of the late Senator Strom Thurmond. If you could just put a few words down regarding why you were there and what you hoped to achieve, I believe that it will go a long way in overcoming the malignant atmosphere generated by political correctness and the racial tensions that many foster for their own benefit in the society.

Thank you for anything that you can do in this matter. The Southern Cavalry Review goes out not only to our members, but to libraries, museums and historical societies across Virginia and other states.

Deo Vindice.

Valerie Protopapas
Huntington Station, New York


From: HK Edgerton -
Date: January 20, 2010

Dear Ms. Valerie,

God bless you. I love POP!

As you know, Senator Thurmond was a Son of a Confederate Veteran, and contrary to what a lot of people might have believed, he was a friend to the Black community. And he deserved to have the Christian Cross of St. Andrew present at his Funeral service. Frankly, I didn't think that I would be the only one there in a Confederate soldiers uniform.

And I must say I was treated as royalty both from the citizens, Red, Yellow, Black and White, to include all the security personnel who allowed my brother and I to strut behind the Senators caisson almost all the way to the church. My brother has a taped copy of a great deal of the event as it happened on the street.

Having an understanding about the greatness of this man and his life is no different than the task given to understanding our Southland and the greatness of it. And knowing that there are those who would destroy those essentials led me not only to the side of Senator Thurmond, but to the defense of my Southland, her glorious symbols and the brave men and women who defend her from those who seek to destroy her, everyday.

Your brother,