James Moshier is a United States Army veteran, a graduate of Eastern Montana College (BA), Regis University (MLS), and Concordia Theological Seminary (MDiv). Moshier was awarded the Malcolm Knowles prize for his 2003 thesis on the Battle of Fort Pillow. He grew up in Wyoming, but has traveled extensively in the United States and toured many Civil War and other battle sites. He is a serving pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He and his wife reside in rural Nebraska.