Historian Tom Elmore's life-long interest in South Carolina's role in the Civil War was sparked first as a kindergartener on a field trip to Millwood Plantation, which was torched by Gen. William T. Sherman's men in 1865, and grew from there. He has degrees in political science and history from the University of South Carolina. Elmore has lectured across the southeast on the Palmetto State's role in the Civil War. He is the author of Carnival of Destruction, Columbia Civil War Landmarks, and has been published in several national and regional publications. He is also a book reviewer for Blue & Gray Magazine.