Danny Sessums has been a historian, educator and museum professional for most of his career. Completing his undergraduate work at Texas Tech University in anthropology, he later received his master's degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. A Force to be Reckoned With is a culmination of the research that he began for his doctoral dissertation at Louisiana State University and continued for over thirty years. Sessums has also been an avid living Civil War historian, studying the lifestyle and experience of the "common soldier" during the War Between the States. In 2009, he retired from Houston Baptist University and today, he and his wife reside in East Texas.