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SINCLAIR, Carrie Bell, poet, born in Milledgeville, Georgia, 22 May, 1839. Her father, Elijah, a nephew of Robert Fulton, was a Methodist clergyman who at the time of his death conducted a seminary for girls at Georgetown, South Carolina The family removed to Augusta, Georgia, where she contributed poetry to the" Georgia Gazette. She published a volume of "Poems" (Augusta, 1860), and during the civil war wrote lyrics commemorating incidents of the battle-field and praising the Confederate cause, some of which were set to music, while devoting herself to supplying the wants and alleviating the sufferings of southern soldiers in Savannah. After the war she made Philadelphia her residence, and wrote for periodicals. Her war-songs and other poetical productions were collected in" Heart Whispers, or Echoes of Song" (1872).
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