"Cinders & Silence: Order No. 11 and Western Missouri's Burnt District" by Tom Rafiner, author and storyteller
Author and historian
Tom Rafiner is an
independent researcher, historian, and author. Tom grew- up in Jackson
County, Mo. and has western Missouri ancestral roots stretching back to
1831. During the Border War and through the Civil War his ancestors
felt the angst of the fighting and suffered the pain of refugees under
Order No. 11.
Since 2003 Tom has devoted his full energy and
passion to recovering the Burnt District’s lost history. By
relentlessly pursuing the stories of individual families and commun- ities, he has brought the historical mosaic of Jackson, Cass, and
Bates counties into clearer focus.
The commitment to documented
detail has carried Tom to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. five
times. His pursuit of first hand stories has led him throughout the
A sought after speaker, storyteller, and historian, Tom
has appeared on Public Television and, as a historical consultant,
provided material to Midwestern newspapers.
In addition to local
presentations in over 40 Missouri and Kansas counties, he has been
appeared at the Kenosha, Wisconsin Civil War Museum, the Missouri
History Museum, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and the Kansas
City Public Library’s “Missouri Valley Series.” Tom has been the
keynote speaker at the Missouri state conventions of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans and the Daughters of Union Veterans.