Colin Dunlop civil war letters
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Colin Dunlop civil war letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Dunlop, Colin
Title: Colin Dunlop civil war letters
Dates: 1864, 1945
Quantity: 4.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS96f

Biographical/Historical Note

Biographical information about Colin Dunlop has not yet been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the transcriptions of three letters written during the Civil War by Colin Dunlop. The first letter was written to his sister on April 13, 1864 at a Confederate Army camp near Dalton, Georgia. Within the letter, he mentions that he has no access to news due to the newspaper strike in Atlanta, and gives his sister updates on his health. He also asks her to give his regards to other family members and friends. The second letter to his sister was written on August 13, 1864 while he was near Atlanta. Dunlop describes how skirmishes have destroyed several homes within the city, making him concerned for other family members that live in Atlanta. He also explains that his company has decreased from forty three to nineteen men since they left Dalton and that the remaining men are concerned that their former leader, General Johnston, is being replaced by General Hood. The last letter by Dunlop was written to his mother on August 17, 1864. Dunlop gives details on the destruction of Atlanta by Union troops and notes that all the town stores and churches have been destroyed, including the church of their family friend, Mr. Freeman. There is one additional letter in the collection that was written to John M. Harrison on March 27, 1945 from the Virginia Historical Society. This letter informs Mr. Harrison that the original letters in this collection have been typed into an accurate copy for him due to their poor condition.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Dunlop, Colin
Johnston, Joseph E., (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate
Virginia Historical Society.

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Colin Dunlop civil war letters, MSS 96f, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information


Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List



1Correspondence, 1864, 1945 View online.