Washington, D.C.—Bloody battles, lionhearted leaders, valiant victories, and lamentable losses—the history of the Civil War has been told time and again. Yet, one monumental component of the Civil War has gone untold… until now.
Delving deep into rare Civil War memoirs and letters, “alco-historian” and author Mark Will-Weber brings the untold stories of the “whiskey war” to life by showing alcohol’s potency on and off the battlefield in his new book, Muskets & Applejack: Spirits, Soldiers, and the Civil War (September 5, 2017; Regnery History; $27.99). From who drank what to how major turning points of the war happened “under the influence,” Muskets & Applejack sheds a unique, unconventional light on one of America’s most historic moments—and the imbibing that took place by both the Confederacy and the Union.
Interspersed with authentic recipes from the Civil War era, Will-Weber reveals the never-before-told and shocking role that alcohol played in one of America’s darkest, most divisive periods—and how it helped heal emotional and physical wounds, form bonds, and cause conflict.
In today’s tense political and social climate, Muskets & Applejack provides a fun take on how alcohol united America during another discordant period—the Civil War.
Muskets & Applejack recounts the entertaining and sobering stories of Civil War drinking, including:
- Officers too intoxicated with lager and whiskey to direct their troops
- Enterprising soldiers finagling remarkable ways to acquire liquor
- Raiders getting bogged down sampling stores of applejack
- What famous Civil War leaders like Lincoln, Grant, Davis, and Lee drank—or didn’t
- Of course, the burning question—which side drank more?
Mark Will-Weber is a seasoned journalist and magazine editor. Known as the “alco-historian,” Will-Weber is also the author of several books, including Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking, Drinking with the Democrats: The Party Animals’ History of Liberal Libations, and Drinking with the Republicans: The Politically Incorrect History of Conservative Concoctions. He lives with his wife, Sally, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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