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University of Virginia Faculty Minutes (March 1, 1865)

At their meeting of March 1, 1865, members of the University of Virginia faculty prepare for the imminent occupation of Charlottesville by Union forces at the end of the American Civil War (1861–1865).

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At a meeting of the Faculty held March 1st, 1865

Resent The Chairman and Professors [Henry] Howard, [William H.] McGuffey, [James L.] Cabell, [Francis H.] Smith

Professor [Maximilian] Schele [de Vere] absent from indisposition communicated in writing the following report of delinquencies in the classes under his charge for the months of January & February.

Charles W. Anderson in French & Excercises omitted in Latin


It being reported that the Federal forces under Genl[Philip] Sheridan, now in the [Shenandoah] Valley will probably penetrate to Charlottesville whereby the safety of the University may be endangered—on motion

Resolved that the Chairman & Professor [John B.] Minor be appointed a committee to meet the commanding General of any forces that may reach this place and request of him a guard to protect public & private property at the University during the passing by or sojourn of the Federal troops here, and that Col Th. L. Preston, the Rector, be requested to cooperate with said Committee in discharging of the duty assigned them.

The Faculty adjourned.

S[ocrates]. Maupin