Robert M. Baker is a Florida native and a Kentucky transplant. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Nova Southeastern University, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, studying liberal arts and liberal studies with strong emphases in literature and history.
He has worked as a college and secondary school teacher and as a police dispatcher, on occasion at the same time. His interests include music, history, knife-making, black-smithing, copper-smithing, book collecting, literature, and whatever else draws his fancy. He has published on the topics of military history, literature, and music.
As a school-teacher, Robert has approached the problem of teaching high-school-aged students with the belief that one must love both what and who you teach. His students have learned that Shakespeare, Beowulf, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are all far more interesting if their teacher can show them why these pieces are cool and worth their effort. The bottom line has always been to get results, even if the approach must be unconventional to guarantee progress and success.
Robert has studied and researched and published extensively on the Civil War in the border region of Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Currently, he is engaged in studying the Hatfield-McCoy (proto-)feud and Alf Killen's home guards. He has also extensively researched the 39th and 45th Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiments. In all of these endeavors, he has been given extensive assistance, guidance, and constructive criticism by a long list of first-rate historians, genealogists, and other specialists.
He has been a resident of London, Kentucky, for the last thirteen years, is married, a father, and the owner of two very spoiled recycled pound pups.