Lt. Col. Charles Scott Venable (CSA)

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Charles Scott Venable

Birthplace: Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel E. Venable and Mary Embra Venable
Husband of Margaret Cantey Venable and Mary Martha Venable
Father of Francis Preston Venable; Mary McDowell Minor; Cantey McDowell Dallam; Natalie Embra Minor and Charles Scott Venable, Jr.
Brother of Harriet Morton Venable; Mary Priscilla Venable; Agnes Catherine McGehee; Isaac Read Venable; Sarah Scott Venable and 5 others

Occupation: Professor, Confederate military officer, Math Professor UVA & UNC, Aide De Camp Robt. E. Lee
Managed by: Michael Joseph Gerst
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About Lt. Col. Charles Scott Venable (CSA)


Joined Congaree Rifles in 1860 as 2nd Lt.

Saw action at Ft. Sumter, Battle of Manassas, Battle of Gettysburg

Later appointed to Gen. Lee's staff

After the war he was elected to Chair of Mathematics at Univ. of VA and later Chairman of Faculty.

Charles Scott Venable (March 19, 1827 – August 11, 1900) was a mathematician, astronomer, and military officer. In mathematics, he is noted for authoring a series of publications as a University of Virginia professor.

He was born in Virginia and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College at the age of 15. For several years following his graduation, he served as a mathematics tutor at the college. He received further education at the University of Virginia as well as in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. He became a professor in mathematics and astronomy in Virginia and South Carolina.

Venable was present at the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, serving as a lieutenant in the South Carolina state militia. He then fought as a private in Company A, 2nd South Carolina Infantry. In the spring of 1862, Venable joined the staff of presidential military advisor General Robert E. Lee as an aide-de-camp with the rank of major. He continued serving on Lee's staff when the general took command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862. He served on Lee's staff from the Peninsula Campaign to Appomattox Court House and was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Following the war, Venable resumed his career as an educator. During a visit to Prussia, he was invited to the castle of Heros von Borcke, the former aide-de-camp to General J.E.B. Stuart.[1]

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Lt. Col. Charles Scott Venable (CSA)'s Timeline

April 19, 1827
Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States
November 17, 1856
Age 29
Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States
August 27, 1861
Age 34
Virginia, United States
September 1864
Age 37
Virginia, United States
July 15, 1868
Age 41
June 13, 1877
Age 50
Charlottesville, Virginia
August 11, 1900
Age 73
Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
August 11, 1900
Age 73