Westport Firefighters Journey into the Past: He Once Was a Civil War General
When you meet Westport Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey J. Keene, you are meeting a man of the present and the past.
The way he tells it, the 1965 Staples grad and Air Force veteran is also someone else—John B. Gordon, Confederate General, Army of Northern Virginia, who died in 1904.
For years, Keene has been researching the Civil War fighter and now recounts his tale of reincarnation in a new book, ғSomeone Else’s Yesterday: The Confederate General and Connecticut Yankee, a Past Life Revealed (Blue Dolphin Pub. $17.95).
KeeneԒs publisher describes the book this way: Someone Else’s Yesterday is an amazing journey through the eyes of two people: one a Georgian, the other a Connecticut Yankee.
ӓSimilarities between the two go far beyond coincidence. They think alike, look alike, and even share facial scars. Their lives are so intertwined that they appear to be one.
The 55-year-old Trumbull resident has made no secret of his long journey into the past. His story has been featured on the Arts and Entertainment Network’s documentary “Beyond Death” and Uri Geller’s Talk America radio show, “Parascience and Beyond.”
For anyone skeptical of some of his claims, one look at some of the pictures he has on his computer at the firehouse quickly confirms at least physically Keene has an uncanny resemblance to Gen. Gordon.
But Keene says thereԒs much more. For instance, there was that trip to Norwalk Hospital’s emergency room on his 30th birthday with facial pain. Keene found that it mimicked the wound Gen. Gordon received at the battle of Antietam when he was 30 years of age.
How he made his discovery and how it has affected his life is told in the new book. Geller, the Israeli psychic, says of Keenes work: “Anyone who doubts life after death, or reincarnation, should read this book. I highly recommend it.”