Atlanta: 1898. Single typed page, signed in ink by Hall. About Fine.
"Dear Sir: | At the Annual Encampment of the Division of Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, Sons of Veterans, U.S.A., held at Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 23-24., 1898, a resolution was adopted proffering the services of this division in defense of our Nation, its principles and its flag in the event of hostilities with Spain or any other Nation or power arising from the Cuban affair.In accordance with this resolution, and with the advice and consent given by Division Headquarters, I beg to herewith tender you as Governor of Georgia, the services of the Camps, Sons of Veterans,, in this State, to be mustered in and identified as Georgia troops and known as First Battalion Sons of Veterans Georgia Volunteers."
William Yates Atkinson (1854-1899), Governor of Georgia from 1894-98, hired the first woman salaried employee in State government, Ellen Dortch, as assistant State librarian. He vehemently opposed lynching. After his two terms as governor, Atkinson bravely but unsuccessfully confronted the mob in the infamous Sam Hose lynching [for which, see Wikipedia]. Item #37917