They Hant No Vaginia Genilmen: Transitionally literate soldiers’ letters offer insights about the sound of the Civil War
by Ben Hitchcock | | Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 20:36
The Civil War caused a national letter-writing boom, as young men rich and poor traveled far from their homes to fight. Many Civil War soldiers were experienced writers. Sons of wealthy plantation families were well-educated and well-read, and they wrote letters peppered with literary references, purple prose, political ideology, and sharp insights into the world around them. Some coped with the lonely hours in camp by writing elaborate love poems to their spouses at home.
by Jesse George-Nichol | | Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:40
Last year this blog highlighted the University of Virginia’s erasure of its Union army veterans in the aftermath of the Civil War. Brian Neumann’s posts about William Meade Fishback, James Overton Broadhead, and Joseph Cabell Breckinridge remind us that Virginians understood their obligations to their state, to the South, and to the Union differently, leading neighbors, friends, and classmates to choose differ
by James Ambuske | | Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:05
The UVA Law Library and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History are pleased to announce the C.S.S. Alabama Claims Cases Transcription Project. The over 100 documents in this collection center on the life and death of the British-built commerce raider C.S.S. Alabama and her sister ships, the C.S.S. Florida and the C.S.S. Shenandoah.
by William B. Kurtz | | Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:52
The Nau Center has only recently begun to recover the stories and experiences of those alumni and students who fought for the Union during the Civil War. PhD candidate Brian Neumann has already explored some of those stories in blog posts about Joseph Cabell Breckinridge, James Overton Broadhead, and William Meade Fishback.
Patriots in Pandenarium: An Albemarle Plantation, a Free Pennsylvania Settlement, and the U.S. Colored Troops
by Jane Diamond | | Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:54
In August 1864, three men named John Allen, James H. Garland, and George W. Lewis enlisted in Company A of the 127th Regiment United States Colored Troops (USCT). They were young—giving their ages as 17, 20, and 26, respectively on their enlistment papers—and all lived in Mercer County in western Pennsylvania. They were from a local community named “Pandenarium,” although all three had actually been born far to the south in Albemarle County, Virginia.