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.