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John Dunlap civil war letter

Collection number: ahc.MSS97f

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains a typed copy of a letter written by John Dunlap to his father William Dunlap during the Atlanta Campaign in the Civil War on July 30, 1864. His letter states that he expects that the Union will overtake the Confederacy in the next battle. The next letter was written on June 13, 1969 by Jack C. Delius and thanks John Dunlap’s great- grandson, Garland S. Wells, Jr., for donating the original letter to the Cyclorama in Atlanta, Georgia. Also included in the collection, is a letter from Garland to Delius stating that he will also be including a picture of John Dunlap with his donation of the original letter.


  • 1864


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

John Dunlap was born in 1844 in Tennessee to William Dunlap and his wife. He married Sarah J. and lived and worked as a farmer in Tennessee. The couple had four children; Samuel, Rachel J, Mary A, and Rebecca. During the Civil War, John served in the 5th Tennessee Infantry of the Union.


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Acquisition Information


Location of Originals

The location of John Dunlap’s original letter has not been determined.


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

John Dunlap civil war letter, 1864, 1969
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