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Lin family correspondence

Collection number: ahc.MSS849

Scope and Content

This collection consists of seventy-two letters written among the various members of the Lin family of Atlanta and their extended relatives during the Civil War. Many of the letters are to Charles B. "Bud" Lin from his mother, Amanda M. Lin, and his three sisters: Mary Ann, Susan B., and Georgia, while he was attending the Georgia Military Institute. Common topics of the letters include the latest news of different relatives serving as soldiers, the hiring of substitutes, conscription of mules, relief work, and deaths of civilians in Atlanta. Decrease in living conditions and the influx of wounded into Atlanta are also discussed. The earlier letters (1859-1860) are to Georgia Lin from her sisters and mother describing dresses, weddings, and parties.


  • 1859-1887


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Administrative/Biographical History

The Lin family lived on Decatur Street in Atlanta, Georgia, between Bell and Gartrell Streets. Mrs. Amanda M. Lin lived there as the head-of-household with her children: Mary Ann Lin, Susan B. Lin, Georgia Lin, and Charles B. "Bud" Lin. Her household also consisted of several slaves and their children. Georgia Lin was educated in Covington, Georgia from 1859-1860. Charles B. "Bud" Lin was attending school in Augusta and living with relatives when the Civil War began. In order to keep him out of the Confederate army, which he had threatened to join, his mother enrolled him in the Georgia Military Institute in Marietta, Georgia. Bud spent most of the war in the Georgia Military Institute except for the summer of 1864 when Marietta and Atlanta were attacked. During the seige he was in the trenches around the city. Fleeing the falling city, the cadets advanced to Milledgeville, Georgia, in an attempt to defend the capitol. Georgia Military Institute resumed classes in 1865 in Milledgeville. Additional biographical information about the Lin family has not been determined.


0.25 linear ft. (one half document case)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995

Lin family correspondence
Laura Starratt
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305