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University of Virginia plans center for Civil War history; alumnus donates money for project


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — The University of Virginia plans to open a center for Civil War history for scholars, archivists and students.

The new facility will be named the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History.

Nau and his wife Bobbie donated more than $13 million to U.Va.'s College of and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to create the center. The university says the gift also will support an endowed professorship, an endowed graduate fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship, scholarship funds, a book prize and travel funds for research.

Nau is a 1968 graduate of U.Va. and is president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors.

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