Category: Blog

David P. Conyngham: Regular U.S. Army Officer?

While researching for my introduction to an edited edition of David P. Conyngham’s Soldiers of the Cross, I found evidence that “Major Conyngham” briefly considered a career in the regular U.S. Army following the Civil War. Transcribed and annotated below, the letter was sent to the adjutant general of the army, Lorenzo Thomas, along with endorsements from Union generals Joseph… Read more →

Soldiers of the Cross: David Conyngham’s Unpublished Tribute to Catholic Priests and Nuns in the Civil War

David Powers Conyngham (1825-1883) was an Irish Catholic immigrant, journalist, writer, and Civil War soldier who served in both the Irish Brigade and in Sherman’s army during the Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea. Shortly after the war ended, he wrote important works about the brigade and Sherman’s campaigns before turning his attention to religious and Irish history. He… Read more →

William S. Rosecrans and the Politics of Reconciliation

In the spring of 1865, as prospects for Union victory became brighter with each passing week, Major General William Starke Rosecrans found himself and his once promising military career in utter ruin. Despite winning a number of battles between the fall of 1861 and the summer of 1863, “Old Rosy” had been spectacularly defeated at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863,… Read more →

Between Two Extremes: The Boston Pilot on Slavery and the Civil War

Informally known as “the Irishman’s Bible,” The Boston Pilot was the leading Catholic journal in the United States during the 19th century. Although not the official organ of the Diocese of Boston during much of this period, the paper was read widely across Catholic and Irish communities throughout the U.S. Eventually it reached a circulation of over 100,000 in the… Read more →

Founders Online Adds Thomas Jefferson Memorandum Books

In December of last year, Founders Online finally added the Thomas Jefferson Memorandum Books (hereafter TJMB) to its collection of over 175,000 primary sources related to the founding era of the United States. While some digitized versions of the original handwritten books are available through the Library of Congress or the Massachusetts Historical Society, the two-volume annotated and edited edition… Read more →

History Comes for the Archbishop (Part I)

At a recent Nau Center event, J. Matthew Gallman asked a room of UVA graduate students who they thought was the most important 19th century American without a recent biography. As one might expect, the names that came forward were a combination of political, abolitionist, and other liberal figures popular with modern academic scholars. If I had been bold enough… Read more →

Patrick Henry Digital Library is Live

I am pleased to announce that a year after work began the new Patrick Henry Digital Library is now linked to Patrick Henry Red Hill’s website and can be viewed directly at Generously funded by a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and made possible by a collaboration between Documents Compass, Red Hill, and Infoset,  this project seeks… Read more →

Latest Developments at the Nau Civil War Center

The fall 2016 semester has been a very busy one for all us at the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. Our website was recently updated to accommodate a new blog that we hope to update regularly each month with contributions from UVA graduate students, Nau Center board members, and affiliated faculty. Our first blog post, written… Read more →