The development and publication of this site was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions program.

Editorial work on the Civil War Governors of Kentucky has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Scholarly Editions and Translations program.

This site, Early Access, is only a preview of what Civil War Governors of Kentucky will provide to teachers, researchers, and digital humanists. It provides document images and transcriptions along with keyword searches, metadata faceting, and collection level browsing. Each of these documents are a work in progress and all will require further editorial work.

Future versions of this site will add social and geographical analysis to this already powerful document database. It will digitally reconstruct the human world of 1860s Kentucky, linking together every identifiable person, place, and organization found in each of the documents.

Explore the pages in the About menu to learn more about our editorial policies, our interface, and our plans for the future.

Early Access Project Team

Project Director

Patrick A. Lewis, Ph.D.
A 2012 recipient of a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky, Lewis joined CWG-K in May 2012. Lewis is a specialist in Civil War-era Kentucky. He is the author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War (Kentucky, 2015) and of essays in Civil War History and the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Lewis is a seasoned public historian, having worked for the National Park Service at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. While at KHS, he helped develop the new KHS HistoryMobile Civil War exhibit. To hear more about Lewis’s work on slavery, politics, and Civil War Kentucky—along with some inside information about the CWG-K project—listen to his recent interviews on Civil War Talk RadioWEKU’s “Eastern Standard,” and “Office Hours.”


Editorial Staff

Anthony P. Curtis, M.A.
A 2005 recipient of an M.A. in History (with honors) from Marshall University, Curtis joined CWG-K in January 2012. He led research efforts for a variety of projects at KHS and has significant expertise in managing historical collections as well as database- and XML-driven online exhibitions. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of document control and image capture and coordinates the project’s volunteers and interns. As a co-facilitator of the KHS Technology Process Team, Curtis is actively involved in assessing the current state of KHS digital infrastructure and developing a long-term technology strategic plan. He is a 2014 graduate of the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents and currently serves on the Liaison and Nominating Committees of the Association for Documentary Editing.


Whitney R. Smith, M.A.
A 2011 recipient of an M.A. in English from Indiana University–Indianapolis, Smith joined CWG-K in June 2012. She is a certified documentary editor, having earned her Scholarly Editing Certification from the University of Indiana–Indianapolis and graduating from the 2012 Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. Before joining CWG-K, Smith was assistant editor for the Frederick Douglass Papers and served as research assistant for the Santayana Edition, both housed at the Institute for American Thought at IUPUI. Smith coordinates project editorial policy and digital publication through TEI-XML, FileMaker, Omeka, and Drupal systems.


Matthew C. Hulbert, Ph.D.
A 2015 recipient of a Ph.D. in History from the University of Georgia, Hulbert joined Civil War Governors in June 2015. He won the 2016 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize given by the Southern Historical Association. Hulbert is the author of The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (Georgia, 2016) He has co-edited a collection of essays, The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (Kentucky, 2015), and has published essays in Civil War HistoryJournal of the Civil War Era, and Common-Place. Hulbert is currently a lecturer in the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


Web Development Team

Anneliese Dehner
Dehner is an independent digital humanities web developer from Portland, Oregon. Dehner designed the Civil War Governors Omeka theme which this site uses, created Omeka plugins to extract metadata embedded in large batches TEI-XML files and map that data to appropriate Dublin Core Fields, and modified a version of the SolrSearch plugin to accept both faceted searching and the building of complex queries through an advanced search page.

Jeff Dycus, M.A.
Jeff Dycus is the Online Access Administrator for the Kentucky Historical Society. Trained in both computer science and library and information science, Dycus defined the processes for extracting and validating Civil War Governors TEI-XML code and ensures that it continues to integrate well with Omeka.