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Catalog Number MS 732-01-01-01
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content This collection consists of a letter from Alva Sinks to his father, George Sinks, written from a camp near Atlanta, Georgia, in 1864. In the letter, Sinks writes of fighting from Dalton to Jonesboro, Georgia, of the destruction of the countryside, and of the defenses of Atlanta and impending battle. The letter gives a first-hand account of the Union Army in the Atlanta area. Sinks praises the movements of William T. Sherman's troops and tells of Sherman's orders for all civilians to be removed from Atlanta and the city's transformation into a military encampment. He also mentions General Hood and the Confederate's fortifications. He describes magnificent houses riddles with bullets and how the countryside has been devastated, with no food or supplies left for the Confederate troops and civilians. Sinks also mentions his dislike for the "copperheads," Union men who were against the Civil War and wanted "peace at any cost." The collection also includes an envelope containing a woodcut of Gen. Winfield Scott is enclosed with the letter, as well as another envelope postmarked at Chattanooga.

Creator Sinks, Alva, 1847-1881
Title Alva Sinks to his father, George Sinks. Camp near Atlanta, Sept. 20, 1864
Copyrights Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Alva Sinks letter
Subjects Atlanta (Ga.)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Hood, John Bell, 1831-1879
Letters (correspondence)
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
Sherman's March to the Sea
Sinks, Alva, 1847-1881
United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 71st. Company B
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
People Hood, John Bell, 1831-1879
Sinks, Alva, 1847-1881
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891