I have the good fortune of not having to be a professional historian, meaning, having to publish traditionally in order to put food on the table. I’ve been studying and researching on the American Civil War for over 25 years.  My personal Civil War library is over 10,000 volumes.  I also collect letters, documents, newspapers, some images, etc. I also have a Civil War image library (contemporary photos) that recently passed over 30,000 separate images.

I wish I had the patience and focus to write traditional non-fiction books, but alas, my ADHD keeps me moving, often following fascinating rabbit trails.  These ‘trails’ have resulted in thousands of blog posts, essays, soldier-research files, PowerPoints, lectures, talks.

Scores of these are accessible FREE on ScribD.com/KraigM for your downloading pleasure.  As of April 2014 my Franklin/middle Tennessee ScribD collection has received over 40,000+ downloads/reads.  http://bit.ly/1gREnXy

When one factors in my views to this blog (almost 450,000) and the number of reads/downloads on my ScribD site (91,000+), it becomes obvious why a non-traditional publishing model suits my style of research and publication best.

Here is a partial bibliography of my work:  http://battleoffranklin.wordpress.com/welcome/publisher/resources/

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I do accept about a dozen or so speaking engagements each year.  I try to keep them to one per month.  I enjoy doing Civil War round tables, conferences, lectures, etc.  If interested in booking me for a talk/presentation please email me at telling history[at]yahoo.com

Here are some of the Civil War subjects I enjoy speaking on:

  • Units, actions or engagements involving middle Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan
  • People like: Irish songster Barney Williams, escaped slave Robert Smalls, Union POW Morris Cooper Foote, Medal of Honor Winners from Tennessee and Michigan, the Civil War service of Lee Ewing (63rd Indiana), random soldier-profiles I have unearthed.
  • Other subjects including: military hospitals in Nashville, poetry and entertainment, Beaufort (SC), and others.

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Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 4.58.49 PMA lot of us have been waiting for Eric Jacobson’s book to be published in Kindle format. Here it is.

For Cause & For Country offers a balanced and richly detailed study of the battles that helped to decide the outcome of the Civil War. Students of Spring Hill and Franklin will appreciate the abundance of new information which will show that the battles had a far greater scope and importance than many previously realized. Those not familiar with the story will find themselves drawn to the incredible events of late 1864, when Middle Tennessee stood center stage as the divided nation defined and repaired itself through blood and fire. – Book description

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 5.02.23 PMTo be published in August 2014, Amazon says: Scholars hail the find as “the most important discovery in Civil War scholarship in the last half century.” The invaluable cache of Confederate General John Bell Hood’s personal papers includes wartime and postwar letters from comrades, subordinates, former enemies and friends, exhaustive medical reports relating to Hood’s two major wounds, and dozens of touching letters exchanged between Hood and his wife, Anna. This treasure trove of information is being made available for the first time for both professional and amateur Civil War historians in Stephen “Sam” Hood’s The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 5.07.32 PMAmazon says (partially): Twenty-five Hours to Tragedy: The Battle of Spring Hill and Operations on November 29, 1864 – Precursor to the Battle of Franklin is a compilation of eyewitness testimony linked by narrative telling the story of the great missed opportunity by the Confederate Army of Tennessee on November 29, 1864. Led by General John Bell Hood, a Confederate envelopment around Columbia, Tennessee left Union Major General John McAllister Schofield’s Fourth and Twenty-third Army corps strung out and beyond supporting distance of their wagon train. One lone division that had been sent to Spring Hill to protect the Union Army’s wagon train found itself confronting nearly 25,000 Confederate soldiers by mid-afternoon. While Union Major General David S. Stanley did all in his power to stop the Confederate attack, it seemed nothing could save them. Suddenly the fog of war set in, and as the sun sank on the western horizon, the Confederate high command found itself paralyzed with inaction, indecision, poor judgment and finally darkness.


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Kraig McNutt is the author and publisher of this blog. He has been blogging on Franklin for over five years and on the Civil War in general since 1995. Email him.

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Summary of the Battle of Franklin

The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864 in Franklin, Tennessee; in Williamson County. John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee (around 33,000 men) faced off with John M. Schofield's Army of the Ohio and the Cumberland (around 30,000 men). Often cited as "the bloodiest five hours" during the American Civil War, the Confederates lost between 6,500 - 7,500 men, with 1,750 dead. The Federals lost around 2,000 - 2,500 men, with just 250 or less killed. Hood lost 30,000 men in just six months (from July 1864 until December 15). The Battle of Franklin was fought mostly at night. Several Confederate Generals were killed, including Patrick Cleburne, and the Rebels also lost 50% of their field commanders. Hood would limp into Nashville two weeks later before suffering his final defeat before retreating to Pulaski in mid December. Hundreds of wounded Confederate soldiers were taken to the John and Carrie McGavock home - Carnton - after the battle. She became known as the Widow of the South. The McGavock's eventually donated two acres to inter the Confederate dead. Almost 1,500 Rebel soldiers are buried in McGavock Confederate Cemetery, just in view of the Carnton house.

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