Locating Black Men from Albemarle County in the Union Army

Private Willis Calhoun (Carter) of the 67th USCT Infantry Regiment.

2017 promises to be a busy but exciting year for us at the Nau Center for Civil War History. Historians William C. Davis, Catherine Clinton, Douglas Egerton, Edward Ayers, Caroline Janney, and others will be joining us to give lectures, appear at the Virginia Festival of the Book, or present at our upcoming signature conference on the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Please see our list website’s events page for more information. We look forward to seeing many people at our events this spring semester.

Right now we are hard at work locating black Virginians from Albemarle County who served in the Union Army or Navy during the Civil War. Assisted by two excellent UVA undergraduates, we are pouring through compiled military service records on Fold3.com to finish our search before spring break. We hope to launch or Black Virginians in Blue digital project sometime in the next academic year. We believe it will be a tremendous resource for Civil War scholars, genealogists, and the general public interested in this important, if neglected, part of local Civil War history.

Today, I published a new blog entry about the methods I used to try to locate black man from Albemarle Country or its seat, Charlottesville, using a variety of online digital sources and a trip last year to the National Archives in Washington, DC. You can read more about how we located our Albemarle County men by clicking here. We hope that publishing our methods online for all to see will help others locate African American soldiers and sailors from other parts of Virginia, the South, or the North who served during the Civil War.

Additional blog posts by Associate Director Elizabeth Varon, exploring the lives of the Carter men of Missouri, will follow shortly.