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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte received this letter from his son, Ben, who has joined the army. His company will soon be leaving. There was a dress parade the previous Saturday when the colonel received a beautiful sword. Ben is very upbeat about his army experience thus far.
Camp Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Van Raalte, Ben and Kennedy, Nella, "Letter from Ben Van Raalte to A. C. Van Raalte" (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 132.