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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, and was appointed to General Lee's staff as aide-de-camp (ADC) in 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with General Lee as ADC in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He served on General Lee's staff - rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel - to the end 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 gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

His papers are at the University of Texas in Austin [finding aid]. See more about him and his time at UVA in a bio sketch from the University.


04/19/1827; Prince Edward County, VA


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