Saturday, December 14, 2013


Wow! Another year already? My mother use to say that as we grow older, time moves faster. I have found this to be true. She never did say how one could slow time down though! I suppose that is impossible. Now The Picket is two years old.

This is the point where I should launch into a self congratulatory oration extolling my many milestones and seek the applause from my readers but I can't.

Although the number of hits here has grown tremendously and some of my posts show up more frequently in search engines, I am ashamed of the lack of this years posts. I feel I have let my regular readers down.

What started as a brief hiatus to explore other eras of history has now stretched into a nine month absence. If I had known this I would have posted an explanation at the beginning rather than leave the readers hanging. So now I offer my humble apology with the hope you all will pop in from time to time in the future.

So what is in store for The Picket? I am glad you asked! (… well maybe you didn't …) I have been thinking about this for the last month, trying to figure out what to do with it. I like what I do here, and the format of the small story is very enjoyable to me. So I will not be changing that. The thing that concerns me is the number of posts. Like I said, I am ashamed of the number of posts this year and that aspect needs to improve greatly. I just need to buckle down and do it. In fact, this post is actually my way of beginning to get back into a rhythm of writing. So, yes, there will be a Year Three!

It also gives me a refresher on how to work the buttons on Blogger! I have been away too long!

Other Stuff

Since most of the US is covered in snow and ice, I would like to share this story on A Snowball Fight at Dalton Georgia, at the Mississippians in the Confederate Army blog written by Championhilz.

I recommend you bookmark this blog as it is quite interesting. I have been checking in on it for about a year and I enjoy it.

My story on the same battle can be found here:

And in the spirit of the season, I offer a rerun of my second post, A Christmas Conversation here:

One More Thing...

Did you think I wasn't going to post a picture??? In keeping with the season...
"A Christmas Dinner. A scene from the outer picket line." Edwin Forbes

So Merry Christmas !

The Picket

Drawing from the Library of Congress:

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