Author: Will

Nau Center Digital Projects Featured in Magazine of Albemarle Charlottesville History

I am pleased to announce that the 2020 Magazine of Albemarle Charlottesville History has been published and features articles about our two digital projects, “UVA Unionists” by Brian Neumann and “Black Virginians in Blue” by me. These two essays are the first scholarly publications generated by either project. Copies of the magazine can be ordered by phone directly from the… Read more →

Black Virginians in Blue at AHA Virtual Poster Session

This year the American Historical Association’s conference has gone digital and so has the Nau Center’s “Black Virginians in Blue” poster. The poster was designed last summer by our intern Katherine Kolo (UVA 2020) and myself. See our submission and others at the AHA’s virtual poster gallery here: https://guidebook.com/guide/146970/list/933512/ Read more →

Earl Hess and Digital History

(At the request of H-CivilWar’s Niels Eichhorn I wrote an essay about the state of Civil War digital scholarship. I republish it below with their permission.) Almost all of the responses to Earl Hess’s Civil War History article “The Internet and Civil War Studies,” both on Twitter and on H-CivilWar, have so far focused on the author’s fifth of six… Read more →

New Perspectives on the Union War

I’m very pleased to announce the release of a new edited volume of essays on the North’s war effort titled, New Perspectives on the Union War. The book will be released in June 2019 as part of Fordham University Press’s “The North’s Civil War” Series. From the publisher: “Edited by Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon, two of the most prominent… Read more →

UVA Unionists in UVAToday

Matthew Kelly, staff writer at UVAToday, recently published an article about our latest digital project at the Nau Center, UVA Unionists. Kelly’s article is a nice companion piece to a similar one he wrote about our other major research endeavor, Black Virginians in Blue, last October. UVA Unionists is our effort to identify UVA students who fought for the Union.… Read more →

Rosecrans: The North’s Great Anti-slavery General

Major General William S. Rosecrans enjoyed a prominence and popularity in the middle of the Civil War equaled by few commanders on the Union side. After his successful fight at the Battle of Stones River on January 2, 1863, the Republican New York Times compared him to Napoleon and other great military minds of the past, declaring, “Gen. Rosecrans, if… Read more →

Dear Father Jenkins

Although this blog has been entirely devoted to topics related to my career and my scholarly interests such as the Civil War and Catholic history, I feel that as an historian, Notre Dame graduate, and a Catholic father with two children that I must speak out against the current widespread corruption in the Church. This corruption takes many forms but… Read more →

Habemus Cover!

I am pleased to announce that Father David J. Endres and I have signed a contract with the University of Notre Dame Press to publish our scholarly-edited edition of David P. Conyngham’s Soldiers of the Cross: The Heroism of Catholic Chaplains and Sisters in the American Civil War. This book, never finished in the author’s lifetime, tells the story of… Read more →