William J Watson
I write books about history for people who wish they'd been there when it was happening. I also write books helping people make history happen again. I've also written one contemporary murder mystery set on the Jersey Shore, and have another in the works.
I was a career newspaper journalist until 2010. I have more words in print than Stephen King. Unfortunately, they are mostly in newspapers rather than books. This will change. I am also embarked on a career as a public insurance adjuster, that is, someone who gets money for people when they have property damage. I work for homeowners, not insurance companies, which is a great thing in my book. Or it will be in my book, my next one.
I live near Stroudsburg, Pa., in a spot that is 10 degrees colder than anywhere else.
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The Little Book of Civil War Reenacting
An introduction to the world of Civil War reenacting for anyone thinking about giving it a try. The book is written and edited by a 20-year hobbyist who gives practical advice, insight, and a really good handle on what to expect in terms of costs, attitudes, opportunities and expectations. It's published just in time for the sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War. Photos and text.
Seize the (reenacting) Day!
"Seize the Day!" contains a distillation of the best available practices now deployed by reenactors who want to get in the 1860s and stay there for the duration of an event. The book describes how any reenactor can easily live the life of a Civil War soldier, using the equipment and technology they used.
Brother William's War
William Coleman thought he was on the way to success as a bank clerk in Chester, S.C., in the spring of 1861. Then his employer sent him a petticoat to shame him into joining the militia and fighting the Yankees. He did, sure "the silliness" would end once everyone calmed down.
He was wrong.
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