As tonight is Christmas Eve, I thought I would share a few holiday wishes, in no particular order:
To the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission: The wisdom to continue to make the correct decision and to again deny a casino license to LeVan and his crew in Gettysburg.
To the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association: Twenty pieces of silver, the price for selling your collective souls to the devil. Oh, wait. I forgot…you already are getting $250,000 per year from Dave LeVan for selling your souls by supporting the battlefield casino and have entirely abandoned any pretense of being a legitimate battlefield preservation and advocacy organization. Never mind.
To Civil War Sesquicentennial Commissions around the United States: Sufficient funding to do the job correctly and a rebirth of interest in the Civil War triggered by the events of the Sesquicentennial.
To Ed Bearss: Many more years of your amazing stamina and knowledge. You are an inspiration to me, and I cherish every chance I get to share a battlefield with you.
To the burgeoning neo-Confederate, nullification, and secessionist movements in this country: The ability and wisdom to understand that George Santayana was absolutely correct when he wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
To Kevin Levin: Keep fighting the good fight, Kevin.
To the Civil War Preservation Trust: Keep fighting the good fight, my friends. Nobody does it better than you do. It’s my honor and privilege to be associated with your efforts.
To the Brandy Station Foundation and the Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation: Keep fighting the good fight.
To all of my fellow authors in the Civil War history community: LOTS of book sales in 2011.
To Ted Savas: Nobody does a better job of publishing and marketing high-quality Civil War books than you do, Ted. May 2011 be filled with many more (including one of mine).
To my friends in the National Park Service: That you continue to do a great job of shepherding, preserving, and interpreting our battlefields in the face of ever-shrinking budgets.
To Mike Peters: More bookshelves.
To me: More bookshelves.
To Susan Wittenberg: The patience to continue to put up with me all of these many years later.
To Michael Aubrecht: A healthy 2011 and seeing your signature on a publishing contract for You Stink!.
For Headless Billy: A new head and a new hand in 2011.
To Drew Wagenhoffer: Lots more of your excellent book reviews in 2011.
To Brooks Simpson: Nothing but success with your already excellent new blog.
To Bomber: A quick and complete recovery and many more years of happy battlefield romping.
To Dan Mallock: A chance to finally write that novel of yours and a job you love.
To Keith and Jill Toney: Health and the opportunity to spend more time in Gettysburg.
To Stan and Beverly O’Donnell: A good job in Gettysburg for Bev.
To Rick Allen and Christina Moon: Many years of happiness together.
To Mike Noirot, Tom Clemens, John Hoptak, Greg Biggs, Dan Mallock, Chris Stowe, Mike Peters, Brad Snyder, and John Benintendi: Lots more fun battlefield stomping together.
To Mark Snell: That 2011 is the year you finally take the plunge….you know what I mean….
To Ted Alexander: Having you get healthy and for you to be around for a lot more years, old friend.
To Mannie and Susan Gentile: Many years of wedded bliss.
To my brother J. D. Petruzzi: Healthy hands and wrists and many more years of productive collaboration.
And to all of you, my readers: I wish for you the knowledge of how much our irregular interactions mean to me, and how much I enjoy meeting you when the opportunity to do so presents itself. And I also wish each and every one of you a joyous Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011.Scridb filter