The Center for the Study of the American Civil War

The Kraig McNutt Civil War Collection is hosted under the auspices of The Center for the Study of the American Civil War (CSACW). Kraig McNutt, a life-long student of the American Civil War, has been collecting artifacts for more than two decades. Among the collection are original letters, documents. images, artwork, newspapers, journals, diaries, etc.

McNutt holds undergraduate degrees from Indiana University and The University of Kentucky. He has taught on the undergraduate level and is a frequent speaker to Civil War Round Tables, symposiums, conferences, and historical societies. To book him for speaking email him at tellinghistory[@]yahoo.com

When not researching, writing or speaking on the American Civil War, one can often find McNutt giving a battlefield tour in one of many Western Theater locations, especially central Kentuckys and middle Tennessee.

His recommended reading list of the American Civil War is widely circulated.

Highlights of the Kraig McNutt Civil War Collection

  • The Robert Smalls (1839-1915) Collection
    • The Sept 1862 Rufus Munyan (18th CT) letter
    • Newspapers, Harpers Weekly newspapers
    • Stereoviews
    • Photographic gallery
  • The Barney and Maria Williams Collection (Irish songsters and performers)
    • Many images of Barney and Maria in CDV format, newspapers, sheet music, broadsides and other ephemera
    • Areas of interest: 19th century theater history of New York City, Irish performers (19th century), Irish immigration (19th century)
  • The Addison Lee Ewing Collection (63rd Indiana Infantry)
    • The A.L. Ewing Civil War diary and letter collection
    • Areas of interest: 63rd Indiana, Hood’s 1864 campaign, Atlanta campaign, Tennessee campaign of 1864
  • The Benjamin T. Wright Collection, (10th Connecticut Infantry)
    • Numerous original personal letters and transcriptions
  • The 58th Indiana Infantry Collection
    • The 58th Indiana letters, documents and images collection
    • Index to Hight’s History of the 58th Indiana
    • The Dr. W.W. Blair letter collection (transcriptions)
  • The Morris Cooper Foote Collection (1843-1905)
    • The M.C. Foote 1864 Civil War Diary
    • The Narrative of Escape transcription
    • Accounts of serving time in five Confederate prisons
    • Areas of interest: Charleston prisons, Confederate prisons, the Immortal 600, Camp Sorghum, the April 1864 Battle of Plymouth
  • The Southern Indiana Collection (Clark, Floyd and Gibson counties)
    • Jeffersonville – Jefferson General Hospital
    • New Albany – military hospitals and the New Albany military hospital system
    • Princeton, Indiana
  • The Battle of Franklin and Williamson County Collection (1864, William County, Tenn.)
    • Letters, diaries, documents, images, artwork, transcriptions and originals
    • 30 November 1864 Battle of Franklin
    • Specialty areas: Fort Granger, photographic gallery, historical preservation, casualties, post-battle, Civilian & community impact, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, the Federal left flank, etc.
  • Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill [Ky] Civil War diary and research
    • Civil War diary transcribed (not published)
  • Other areas of interest in the collection: the impact of the Civil War on cities or towns like Louisville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Murfreesbooro, Franklin, Spring Hill, Lebanon (Ky), Bardstown, Bowling Green, Perryville, Pleasant Hill, etc., as well as innovation and technology, the African-American experience, the medical care of soldiers, military hospitals, numerous regiments, Bragg’s 1862 invasion of Kentucky, John Hunt Morgan’s Kentucky raids, Beaufort, SC, Charleston, and many more.