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Jeffrey S. Williams was born in Washington, D.C. on July 28, 1971 and raised in Upper Michigan. After graduating from Republic-Michigamme High School in 1989, he moved to Minnesota where he earned his Associate in Arts degree (general education) from Century College, a Bachelor of Arts in History from Concordia University-St. Paul and is currently finishing his Master of Arts degree in History at St. Cloud State University. He founded Antietam Creek Entertainment and Antietam Creek Press in September 2012.
In 1995, he joined the United States Air Force Reserve and served in public affairs until his departure in May 2012. He was named Print Journalist of the Year for the Air Force Reserve Command in 2009 during the annual media contest, and was first runner up in that category at the Air Force level that year. Between 2002-2004, he deployed to Kuwait, Oman and Iraq in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Governor Mark Dayton appointed him to the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force in June 2011. From 1993-2003, he served as a Civil War reenactor, which was the subject of his first book, Muskets and Memories: A Modern Man's Journey through the Civil War, released on April 4, 2013.