|Creator:||Ruff, Solon Z., d. 1863|
|Title:||Solon Z. Ruff letter to Joseph H. Ruff|
|Dates:||1860 April 7|
|Quantity:||1.0 folder (1 letter)|
Solon Z. Ruff was a professor at the Georgia Military Institute in Marietta during the days just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. In the war he rose to the rank of colonel, 18th Georgia Infantry, Hood's Texas Brigade. He was killed at Fort Saunders, Tennessee, in November 1863.
A letter of three full pages, written to Solon Z. Ruff's brother, Joseph H. Ruff. The letter is dated 7 April 1860, and it describes Marietta, its prospects on the eve of war, and the military organization of the town's young men, of which he was named captain. In describing the prospects for the town, he notes, "There are several houses in Atlanta that sell for very small profits for the cash and the consequence is the people from here whenever they had any money, run down there and do their trading. This has carried off the best part of the trade from Marietta and ruined some of our merchants."
Solon Z. Ruff letter to Joseph H. Ruff, ms 1404. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.