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C. S. Venable

C. S. Venable

Confederate (CSA)


Charles Scott Venable

(1827 - 1900)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Hampden-Sydney College, Class of 1843

Command Billet: Staff

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Army of Northern Virginia

Before Sharpsburg

Son of one of the founders of Hampden-Sydney College, he attended that school (beginning at age 12), then tutored there til 1845. Over the next 15 years he taught at the University of Virginia, at Hampden-Sydney, and at the University of South Carolina, and he travelled in Europe working with the leading German astronomers of the time.

In 1861 he enlisted in the Hampton Legion Infantry but was appointed was appointed Lieutenant of Artillery, CSA on 18 October 1861. He was appointed Captain and Engineering Officer on 18 March 1862 and served on General Lovell's staff then was appointed Captain and Assistant Adjutant General to General M.L. Smith in May 1862. He was promoted to Major and assigned as aide-de-camp (ADC) to General Lee in June, his rank to date from 21 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was an aide de camp (ADC) to General Lee on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Adjutant General on 25 February 1864, and served as such to the surrender at Appomattox Court House, where he was paroled with General Lee and the rest of his staff on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He taught mathematics at the University of Virginia for more than 30 years. He retired in 1896, and was made Professor Emeritus.

References & notes

His service from Krick.1 Personal details from his online biography from the Encyclopedia Virginia. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV in the University of Virginia Visual History Collection.


04/19/1827; Prince Edward County, VA


08/11/1900; Charlottesville, VA; burial in University of Virginia Cemetery and Columbarium, Charlottesville, VA


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pp. 292-293  [AotW citation 29374]