Kent was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Centre College and received his juris doctor degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He was the creator and first editor of the national magazine, The Civil War. He is author of many books, including Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander, and The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State.
Kent’s book, Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign has been given numerous national awards and rave reviews. Kent’s new book, One of Morgan’s Men: The Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, was released in March 2011. All of Kent’s books have been selections of the History Book Club and Military Book Club. He is currently writing another, George Gordon Meade and the Gettysburg Campaign, which will go to press in 2013.
As president and content developer of Witnessing History, LLC, Kent has also written, hosted and produced award-winning documentary films for public and cable television: Long Road Back to Kentucky, Retreat From Gettysburg, Bourbon and Kentucky: A History Distilled and Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union. All have won Telly Awards and been broadcast favorites on public television.
Kent is producing two more films now, one on the life of Daniel Boone scheduled for broadcast in the Fall of 2012. He has written numerous articles for a variety of historical publications and journals. Kent was the first chairman of the Gettysburg National Military Park Advisory Commission and the first chairman of the Perryville (Kentucky) Battlefield Commission, a seat he held for eleven years overseeing the expansion of the Perryville Battlefield. He was a member of the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation.
Kent lives in Lexington with his wife, Genevieve, and their three children, Annie Louise, Philip and Thomas.