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The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWGK) is a freely-accessible online collection of historical documents associated with the chief executives of the state, 1860-1865. Despite its title, CWGK is not about the five governors. It is about reconstructing the lost lives and voices of tens of thousands of Kentuckians—white or Black; free and enslaved; Unionist or Confederate—who interacted with the office of the governor between 1860 and 1865. CWGK is working to identify, research, and link together every person, place, and organization found in its documents. This web of hundreds of thousands of networked nodes will dramatically expand the number of actors in Kentucky and U.S. history, show scholars new patterns and hidden relationships, and recognize the humanity and agency of historically marginalized people.
Digital publication of this site was supported through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. To learn more about this site and the project, click here.
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