ELIZABETH'S WAR: Missouri 1863
For those in Cass County, Missouri, the Civil War started years before the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, and with those opening shots, the countryside erupted in blood and violence. Neighbors, friends and family members joined local militias to fight for what they believed, and many times, met on the field of battle--or while raiding local homesteads.
ELIZABETH'S WAR: Missouri 1863 chronicles the hardships endured by the women and children left behind by a war that enveloped every aspect of their lives, from safety to food, as they struggled to survive the devastation around them.
When the "vacate order" known as General Order No. 11 was issued following Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, their lives became even more difficult, forcing them to work day and night in preparation of leaving everything they loved and had worked to build all their lives.
About D.L. Rogers (Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas Author)
Although born in New Jersey of parents from New Jersey and Tennessee, it was just a matter of time before Diane's "southern" blood revealed itself. And reveal itself it did, in a passion for all things western and related to the Civil War. Having learned a great deal in her research since her historical journey began, especially in the Midwest, Diane has attempted to portray both the west and the war from numerous points-of-view, which is not always the same history as what has been previously portrayed--or taught.
As a kid, Diane played Cowboys and Indians more than she did Barbie, and as she got older, she and her cousin (whose parents were reversed) gave themselves the moniker of "Yebels." The question of what it would have been like during the Civil War years, when friends and family fought on opposite sides of the war, festered inside Diane until she answered her own question in the form of the novels she writes of the west and Civil War, where everyday people, regardless of what "side" they were on, when faced with difficult situations, rose to the challenge, and survived.
Now living south of Kansas City, Missouri, on fourteen acres of property, when Diane's not writing or marketing, she enjoys sitting on her front porch, reading when she can or just watching her three horses in the pasture and multitude of cats in the yard. When she does venture into town, it's to work at a law firm on the Plaza, or visit her two children and five grandchildren.