Muskets and Memories: A Modern Man’s Journey through the Civil War

Muskets and Memories

Book Description

Publication Date: April 4, 2013

The story of the American Civil War as told through the eyes of a veteran Civil War reenactor and historian. By mixing the modern reenactment narrative with historical facts, the author presents a fresh examination of the war, along with its causes and consequences.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

“The early morning fog surrendered to the rising sun, as we marched into the wilderness. The last vestiges of civilization faded out of our sight, as the sunlight illuminated the woodland canopy and freshly blossomed trees that surrounded us.”

A quote from a Civil War soldier? A journal entry of a Civil War reenactor? Or both? With that simple statement, Jeffrey Williams begins his journal, and his journey through Civil War reenacting. In the pages that follow, he has skillfully woven historical information with present day reenacting. In page after page, we find ourselves in twenty-first century Civil War reenactments, as seen through the eyes of Jeffrey S. Williams. We are allowed to see moments of grandeur and moments of chaos… By combining his military and journalistic skills, Mr. Williams seamlessly weaves historical events and modern day reenactments… In the end, it will strengthen your faith in the overall goodness of mankind.” - From the Introduction

From the Back Cover

Praise for Muskets and Memories

“Jeffrey Williams is an excellent historian. His interspersing of the history of the war with reenactor’s experiences makes the book more memorable. The bonding of the reenactors mirrors the bonding of comrades in battle.”
- Former Minnesota Governor Al Quie
“Rarely have I found any writing that touched so many parts of my intellect, my passion, my dreams and my soul. Jeffrey Williams has woven together parts of his personal journey that defined his life with slices of the Civil War that defined us as a nation. Readers will find themselves walking and running alongside him and, along the way, you will discover a brand new way to look at this complex and confusing beautiful land we call home.”
- Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force co-chair
“Jeffrey Williams is an authority on the great American Civil War and a reenactor of events pertaining to it. Through his eyes and descriptions, the events of 1861-1865 are vividly recounted. Jeff helps readers to experience life as a Civil War soldier and leads readers over the hallowed ground of many of the battles that shaped our nation’s future. This book will deepen your understanding of this pivotal moment in America’s history.”
- Minnesota State Representative Dean Urdahl, Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force co-chair and author of Uprising.
“Whether you are a long-time reenactor, a beginner, or just someone who has a great interest in the history of the American Civil War this book will cause you to laugh loudly sometimes shake your head in bewilderment sometimes, and smile knowingly when you ‘get the message.’ In the end, it will strengthen your faith in the overall goodness of mankind.”
- Max Daniels, Abraham Lincoln Impersonator and Vice President (ex officio) of the Association of Lincoln Presenters
“Muskets and Memories is living, breathing history…it is fun and enchanting. Jeffrey Williams is not only passionate about the subject, he thoroughly enjoys it, which is often lacking in our current academic environment. If you think history books are often too stuffy and uninspiring – read this one. It’s written for the kid in all of us.”
- Dr. David Woodard, History Department chair, Concordia University-St. Paul

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Antietam Creek Press (April 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989042103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989042109
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

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