Donald L. Gilmore's lifelong
interest in local history, evidenced by his antiques business, his genealogical
research, and his Ozark cave exploration, led him to study the Civil War in his
region. Despite the fact that Mr. Gilmore is a descendant of Union soldiers, he
decided that previous history books judged the Confederate side too harshly and
set out to write a more balanced account of the Border War.
In addition to writing articles
about the Border War for Journal of the West, History Today, and Wild
West, Mr. Gilmore served as technical consultant for Ride With the Devil.
That movie, starring Tobey Maguire and Jewel, was filmed in Missouri among the
very hills and fields where the war took place.
Mr. Gilmore earned bachelor's and
master's degrees in English from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He
taught English at the college level then worked as an editor for seventeen years
at the U.S. Army's Combat Studies Institute, retiring in 2001. A veteran of the
U.S. Army Signal Corps, he received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service
in 1997 and the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in
2001. He and his wife live in Belton, Missouri.
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