Lin family correspondence
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.
- Lin family (Family)
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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
- Lin family correspondence
- Laura Starratt
- Language of description
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.