Author Tom Rafiner will discuss his new book about Missouri's Burnt District at the Harrisonville Library

Cass County Public Library News Release

Contact: Burnt District Press, Burnt District of Missouri, LLC
Jackie Roberts, 1201 East Pearl St., Harrisonville, Missouri 64701


Contact: Cass Co Public Library Genealogy Branch, (816) 884-6285

Cinders and Silence: A Chronicle of Missouri’s Burnt District 1854-1870

is the topic when author Tom Rafiner speaks at Harrisonville Library

Harrisonville, MO – Back by popular demand at Cass County Public Library in Harrisonville is Tom Rafiner, sought after author, speaker and storyteller.

Rafiner, a Jackson County native, continues his focused and dedicated journey to uncover western Missouri history. For ten years he has researched family and community histories buried in the border conflict and the Civil War. Tom’s first history, Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, Mo., Chaos and Order No. 11, documented previously lost Civil War history.

Now, hear about the events in his latest works. Cinders and Silence provides the first chronicle of Missouri’s “Burnt District.” Between 1854 and 1870, three western Missouri border counties plunged from prosperity to devastation, and finally, to oblivion. The border conflict between Missouri and the Kansas Territory intensified during the Civil War. Revenge driven, Kansans leveled western Missouri between 1861 and 1863. In August 1863, William Quantrill’s retaliatory raid on Lawrence, Kansas triggered General Orders No. 11. Within six weeks the district suffered depopulation and total destruction. Historical silence shrouded the tragedy for decades. This book recovers the history and breaks the silence. Cinders and Silence: A Chronicle of Missouri’s Burnt District 1854-1870, is 330 pages with maps, hardcover and retails for $23.95.

Rafiner’s program will begin Tuesday evening, January 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Harrisonville Library. For more information contact Cass Co Public Library Genealogy Branch at (816) 884-6285. Mr. Rafiner will have his books available for sale after the program.

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