Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

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Research grants announced

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and Virginia Tech’s Special Collections and University Archives invite applications for the 2024-25 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Research Grants.

Each grant recipient will visit Virginia Tech’s Special Collections and University Archives in order to conduct research on some aspect of the American Civil War era.

An honorarium of $150 per business day will be provided, up to a maximum of $1,500. (Typical awards are for 2-5 days.) Recipients may also have the opportunity to give an informal presentation on their projects during their visit. Graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars are all eligible. 

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 28, 2024. For details click here: 2024-25-VCCWS-Research-Grants-announcement

Materials from Special Collections and University Archives in Newman Library. Visit for details.
Civil War Weekend
Last year’s Civil War Weekend at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Photo courtesy of Richard Mallory Allnutt.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Civil War Weekend, to be held March 22-24 in Blacksburg, Va. This year’s theme: “The Information War.” Although wars are ultimately decided on the battlefield, intelligence, propaganda, and even rumors play pivotal roles. We’ll explore the influence of different types of information on the course of the Civil War, ranging from Lincoln’s use of the telegraph to photographs and newspapers to communication among enslaved people. 

You can also join us for an optional two-night field trip to Fredericksburg, VA. Led by renowned tour guide and retired National Park Service historian John Hennessy, we’ll study the changing nature of warfare at the epicenter of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater.

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Spring lecture series

Professor Kidada E. Williams will present, ‘I Don’t Know If I’ll Ever Be Over It’: African Americans in the War against Reconstruction’ on April 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Kidada E. Williams. Photo Credit: Navy B. Rae Photography

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Who are we?

Civil War history lives at Virginia Tech. From its home in Virginia Tech’s History Department, the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies promotes greater understanding of the Civil War era among academics and the public. Whether you’re a student or a professional historian, a serious history buff or someone who just likes to learn, we have something to offer you here. 

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