The Nau Center’s UVA Unionist digital project was released on May 4, 2021. We first began the project back in 2016, as a project like Black Virginians in Blue, meant to contribute a more diverse Civil War story local Albemarle County, VA, one that had been dominated by the Confederacy for many decades. You can visit the site here: http://community.village.virginia.edu/unionist/.
I served as the project director for UVA Unionists, as well as the primary investigator on the Jefferson Trust that helped fund the project’s research and website design. The project was made possible only by the dedicated work of a large team of Nau Center staff, graduate students, and UVA undergraduates. Worthy Martin, Doug Ross, and the team at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities built the project’s database and website. I would especially like to thank and acknowledge the efforts of Brian Neumann, who located most of our Unionists through tireless research in antebellum UVA student catalogues and cross-referencing them against online databases of Union soldiers and sailors.
The Nau Center held a special launch event featuring Brian and I talking about the project along with a short website demonstration. You can watch the video on YouTube or below.