|Posted by Forest Tyson on July 11, 2015 at 9:45 AM|
While I appreciate Mr. Edgerton's viewpoint it's hardly an all inclusive depiction or recollection and full of half-truths.
The tragedy of Mr. Edgerton's narrative on the role of his ancestors during the Civil War is like most controversial issues, it is totally biased to a flaw and only speaks half-truths. I totally get that he has chosen to see pride when others see shame. I get it that he has chosen a narrative of good southern white slave owners that considered their slaves family. That's his belief and he's entitled to it.
But, the truth is neither side particularly cared about the slave's condition, neither side. The "we are family" that Mr. Edgerton claims the slaveowners of the south had for his negro slaves if the truth be told was nothing more than the love he had for the family pet dog, except the pet dog was treated with much more compassion than the humans he considered as chattel.
Mr. Edgerton boast of support by southern slaves for the confederacy is one way to look at slave's aiding their masters, but if given a choice (which they didn't have) I wonder what the narrative would be?
Mr. Edgerton's claim of slaves valiantly fighting side by side with other confederate soldiers is just disturbing. The confederacy didn't even allow slaves to take up arms until the war was drawing to an end and the confederacy's promise of freedom for those who enlisted would entice less than 50 men. Are we really to believe In the 3 weeks prior to General Lee's surrender at Appomattox that these 50 men fought valiantly?
The point of this post is to shed light on perspective and how people color truth with their own bias' and prejudices.
Half-truths are accepted because of man's so called pride. It's shameful to me that in the 21st century the hearts of mankind still can't discern the truth when presented. I'm also sadden by the fact that Mr. Edgerton refers to the slaveowner of his great great grandmother as "honorable". Where's the honor in treating your gggrandmother as chattel, where?
Matthew 24:10-13 KJV
" And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved".