Jack J. Nortrup (1925-84), born in Scott County, Ill., earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois in 1961. He was an associate professor of history at Southeastern Missouri State College and at State University College, Oswego, NY. In the 1970s he served as chair of the Department of Social Studies and later as dean of the Schools of Arts and Sciences at Tri-State College (now Trine University), Angola, Ind. An historian of Illinois history, Nortrup wrote several articles on Gov. Richard Yates (1861-65).
This unpublished manuscript of Nortrup's one-volume political and military history of the Civil War was donated to the Library by Nortrup's wife Evelyn in 1998.