1853 Sharps Rifle
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 15:45
One of the focal points of my presentation at the Midwest Genealogy Center on August 16th will be the Sharps Rifle.  This weapon dramatically changed the dynamics of the border war.  An original 1853 Sharps Rifle, a "Beechers Bible" will be on display.
Border War Presentation Upcoming
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 15:42
August 16, 2012 I will be at the Midwest Genealogy Center making my first presentation of the "Missouri - Kansas Border War:  1854 to 1865."  Much of this presentation comes from research for my current writing project, "Cinders & Silence:  A History of Missouri's Burnt District."
Jennison's Jayhawkers: The Damage
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 19:09
I am currently working on the next chapter in my book "Cinders & Silence."  My focus has been in trying to quantify the damage in personal property and human life that Lane's Kansas Brigade and Jennison's First Kansas exacted on Missouri Civilians.  Quantrill's Lawrence Raid was horrific but also easy to quantify.  The raid lasted 3 1/2 hours in a very small geographic area.  The damage inflicted on Missouri's citizens (prior to Lawrence) far exceeded what happened August 21, 1863 in Lawrence but no attempts have been made (that I have seen) to accurately document and quantify Kansan atrocities.
Bates County Historical Society
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Sunday, 29 April 2012 08:47
Yesterday was an eventful day in Butler, Bates County, Missouri!  I made a presentation on Order No. 11 to the Bates County Historical Society.  A host of people in the audience gave me names and contact information for my history of this border county.  The energy and interest was very powerful and, as my grandchildren would say, I am "pumped to go full steam."  I have already been able to made progress on my Bates County research but local help drives the process.  People following my research from Bates County can contact me on this website if they have an interest in sharing material.
Bates County, Missouri
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:23
Earlier this year I committed to researching Bates County, Missouri and writing its history, similar to that of "Caught Between Three Fires."  The first major step in this work was a visit to the national archives in Washington, D.C. several weeks ago.  This research is being worked on diligently but I need the help and assistance of anyone who may have information relating to Bates County communities and families from 1854 to 1870.  Bates County was completely devastated during this period and uncovering the history will be difficult.
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