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Colin Dunlop civil war letters

Collection number: ahc.MSS96f

Scope and Contents of the Records

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.


  • 1864, 1945


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Biographical information about Colin Dunlop has not yet been determined.


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Acquisition Information



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.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008

Colin Dunlop civil war letters, 1864, 1945
Inventory prepared by Helen Matthews
June 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305