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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.

Charles Scott Venable
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Born(1827-03-19)March 19, 1827
Prince Edward County, Virginia
DiedAugust 11, 1900(1900-08-11) (aged 73)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Place of burial
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service1861–65 (CSA)
RankConfederate States of America Lieutenant Colonel.png Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Other workChairman of the Faculty, University of Virginia 1870–1873, 1886–1888


He was born at Longwood House in Farmville, Virginia and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, founded by his Patriot ancestor Nathaniel Venable, at the age of 15. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity while at Hampden-Sydney College. 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. According to family legend (and some history books) Lee called Venable "Faithful old Venable." 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]


  1. ^ Sifakis.


  • Inventory of the Charles S. Venable Papers, 1862-1894, in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • "Charles Scott Venable", Leander McOrmick Observatory Museum, Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia.
  • Johnson, Francis W., A History of Texas and Texans: Volume III, The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1914. p 1235, 1236.
  • Sifakis, Stewart. Who Was Who in the Confederacy, Facts on File (November 1989). ISBN 0-8160-2204-6.