Happy Thanksgiving to all

During this holiday, created by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War to remind the country of its blessings, I want to wish all of my friends and readers an enjoyable and safe time.  Amidst the crass commercialism that always goes on this time of year (and is really going to fire up come “Black Friday”), I think it’s good to try to take a little time to count those blessings.

I’m extremely thankful, foremost, for my loving family.  They support me in everything I do.  My wife is truly my best friend and I am blessed to be the one she chose.

I have wonderful friends, so many of whom share my love of history.  They are brothers and sisters to me, and I thank all of you for your kindness, your smiles, and your encouragement.  Each moment I get to spend with you is a treasure.

I’m also a lucky sonofagun… I have a publisher and magazine editors who believe that my writing is worthy, and their support and encouragement keeps me going.  I work extremely hard at my research and trying to find “the story” from details that all too often are shrouded in mystery and the extended past.  That these folks allow me to tell that story makes me very lucky indeed.

Finally – and these folks have been included above – my adopted brothers Eric, Mike, Duane, Steve and Dave are very special to me.  Thank you, guys, for always being there.  You’ll never know what a difference you’ve all made in my life.

I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving – and I’d say “don’t eat too much Turkey” but I try never to give advice that I don’t intend to follow myself!

(When I make a turkey sandwich, I make a turkey sandwich…)

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  1. Well said J.D. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well.

    I have likewise been blessed with some success in my chosen fields, a wonderful family and truly excellent friends. As much as I enjoy my battelfield visits, it’s the comradeship of characters like you and Eric, Basecat, Duane and Dave that make those trips really worthwhile. For that I am truly grateful.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all and apologies for the length of the following, but I always like to read Abe Lincolns proclamation announcing the “official” recognition of Thanksgiving in that pivotal year of 1863.

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    Washington, D.C., October 3, 1863
    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

    The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

    No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

    I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

    Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

    By the President: Abraham Lincoln

  2. Just wanted to add my best wishes to all for a very Happy Thanksgiving 2007. It has been a very trying couple of years here in the Garden State, but am thankful for the support and camaraderie I continue to get from my friends all over this great country.

    God bless you all.

    Steve


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