The History & Legacy of UMW

UMW Digital History Archive


Overhead shot of the city of Fredericksburg from Southern Living.
Southern Living. “Fredericksburg” March 10, 2020. Southern Living.


The Fredericksburg category focuses on history projects centered around the larger Fredericksburg community. This includes topics such as Fredericksburg during WWI, important historical markers in the area, and more. Scroll down to explore an overview of the topics under this category.

How to navigate this page:

This page is organized by topic with the topics listed in bold and brief overviews of the sites under that topic. You can click on each link to access the website discussed. The sites denoted with an asterisk (*) are the ones that we made changes to in order to recover them and or update them to a more accessible format , the double asterisked sites are still works in progress. You can learn more about these edits in our Wayback Machine & Works in Progress posts under the Digital Preservation tab.


The Slaughter-Murray Papers site *(2016) houses a collection of letters from wartime mayor of Fredericksburg, Montgomery Slaughter, and enlisted member George Murray during the American Civil War. It includes short biographies of the two men as well as the letters themselves.

The Sergeant Jerome Peirce site (2020) houses the letters of Sergeant Jerome Peirce, a Union soldier during the American Civil War. It includes a brief description of Peirce himself, letters, and several interactive tools like a Storymap and Timeline. This project also has a Free Lance Star article connected to it.

The Rowe Family Scrapbook site (2020) digitizes the scrapbooks of the Rowe Family in addition to providing biographies on the Rowe women and a history of scrapbooking in the 19th and 20th centuries

The Private Steven Gordon Diaries  (2016) was intended to house a collection of the diaries of Steven Gordon, and his experience in the American Civil War. It provides access to information about Gordon himself and his connection to the Civil War and digital scans and transcriptions of the diary entries.

The Private Schwarz Scrapbook project (2022) is a digitization of Albert Schwarz’s WWII scrapbook. The main goals of this site are to make this artifact more accessible and provide different ways to view Albert’s journey during his time in the army. You can use this site to look at the scanned pages with or without the transcriptions, whichever you prefer. Other features of this site include an interactive story map that tracked his travels and exhibits about his closest friends and family.


Fred Markers ** (2008) works to document and provide more information on the historical marker signs scattered all over the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford areas. You can explore the various markers by category, by century, or by which county they are located in.

Fredericksburg National Cemetery (2018) is a site dedicated to creating a digital map and platform on the history of Fredericksburg’s local cemetery which is also a part of the National Parks System as a National Cemetery for Union Soldiers. The site offers a variety of tools and resources to explore from Fredericksburg’s role in the Civil War to past and present maps of the cemetery. It even includes a tab providing guidance on how to search and navigate the website.

Fredericksburg City of Hospitals * (2010) addresses Fredericksburg’s role as essentially a mass hospital city during the American Civil War, documenting the participation of the larger community, women, and providing historical context to the event. This archive includes a plethora of primary sources and accounts from the period as well.


Southeastern Virginia Historical Markers ** (2012) expands even further than the Fredericksburg Historical markers site above, documenting historical markers all across Southeastern Virginia. This site sports a similar organization style to its sister site, allowing you to browse by categories such as century, county, and specific interest topics. It has another parent site called Virginia Historical Markers ** (2012) which was intended to house both of the other pages.

Century America *(2014) is the parent site to the UMW Century America site found under Campus History, documenting the history of 15 colleges in the United States and their experiences during the Great War (World War I). It works to show the impact that this War had on the various schools and their surrounding town and community, with several interactive tools such as a map of important sites and a timeline.