by Sarah Anderson | | Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 00:00
Approximately 180,000 African-American men enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. In our first pass through the compiled military service records at the National Archives, we have discovered that 233 of these men were born in Albemarle County, Virginia. Of those Albemarle men, 70 died while serving in the army. Sixty-five died of disease, a 27.8% mortality rate significantly higher than the 18.5% mortality from disease of all USCT soldiers. We believe this disparity to result in part from the concentration of 40 Albemarle men in the deadly 65th and 67th regiments.
by Gary W. Gallagher | | Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 00:00
This last of three installments on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War shifts to civilians. The frequent presence of United States forces in the Valley exposed civilians to significant disruption of normal routines.
by Gary W. Gallagher | | Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 00:00
This second of three installments on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War, which as a group anticipate our Signature Conference for 2017, focuses on military action. From the confrontation between Joseph E. Johnston and Robert Patterson during the campaign of First Bull Run through the Confederate defeat at Waynesboro on March 2, 1865, almost continuous activity of some sort disturbed the Valley’s pastoral countryside.
by Gary W. Gallagher | | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 14:28
The Nau Center’s Signature Conference for 2017 will focus on the Shenandoah Valley’s role in the Civil War. Lecturers will examine various facets of the overall topic, including military operations, civilian experiences, how events in the Valley resonated in the United States and the Confederacy, and how the Valley figured in memories of the conflict. In this, the first of three installments anticipating the conference, I will examine the Valley's geography and logistical and strategic significance.
by Jack Furniss & William Kurtz | | Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 00:00
The Nau Center is in the very early stages of a digital project looking to add to what historians know about military prisons in the Union and the Confederacy.
by Elizabeth R. Varon | | Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 00:00
Note: This is the last installment of a three-part blog post on the Virginia roots of U.S.C.T. soldiers in Missouri regiments.
Part III: The War’s Aftermath
by Elizabeth R. Varon | | Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 00:00
Note: This is part two of a three part blog post on the Virginia roots of U.S.C.T. soldiers in Missouri regiments.
Part II: Military Service
by Elizabeth R. Varon | | Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 13:04
Note: What follows is a three part story, which we will present in consecutive blog posts, that permits us to see the history of central Virginia in a new way: with a focus on the journeys of African American men, born in the shadow of Jefferson’s Monticello, who fought for the Union army in the Civil War. These men represent the Virginia roots of thousands of U.S.C.T. soldiers, men who were dispersed by the system of slavery and then converged, during the war, in black regiments, and fought to save the Union and to end slavery.
by William Kurtz | | Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 00:00
This blog post is one of several that we will publish in 2017 on our Black Virginians in Blue digital project. The project explores the lives of African American men from Albemarle County, Virginia, who served in the USCT. Jonathan White’s piece on James T. S. Taylor was our first blog entry on the subject.
by Peter C. Luebke | | Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 12:53
Historians have neglected what regimental histories can reveal about the experience of common soldiers during the Civil War. Many in number, regimental histories provide an accurate portrait of the life of the Union soldier during the conflict and also comment on why soldiers went to war.
An Interview with J. Matthew Gallman (Part Two): The State of the Field, Digital Tools, and Northern Democrats
by J. Matthew Gallman | | Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 10:45
Today we present part two of our interview with J. Matthew Gallman, winner of the 2016 Bobbie and John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History. In this segment, Gallman discusses his thoughts on the state of the field, digital methods and tools, and going beyond simple binaries in thinking about the wartime Democratic Party.
Varon: What is the state of Civil War studies right now? What about digital tools as a new way to study the war?
by J. Matthew Gallman | | Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:00
Today we present the first part of an interivew with our inaugural book prize winner, J. Matthew Gallman. Gallman won our prize for his book Defining Duty in the Civil War (UNC Press, 2015). In part one, Gallman discusses why he wrote his book, the importance of satire in the Civil War era, the concept of loyalty in the North, and his previous work on Anna E. Dickinson.
by William Kurtz | | Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 14:34
The summer of 2016 marked the first time that University of Virginia (UVA) undergraduates embarked on four internships in American history made possible by funding from the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. The Center was pleased to collaborate on this project with Dr. Lisa Goff at UVA’s Institute for Public History.
by Jonathan W. White | | Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 13:45
Confined at the headquarters of the 2nd U.S. Colored Infantry on November 15, 1864, Commissary Sergeant James T. S. Taylor put pen to paper to write President Abraham Lincoln a letter asking for release. “In Jestification to my self I cannot help from Appealing to you for some assistance under existing Circumstances,” wrote Taylor. “I should have Refrained from Acquainting your Distinguished honor and high Abilities with this affair, but as I enlisted in the u.s.