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In a letter to his father, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, son Ben gives another update about his camp experiences. He is very upbeat about army life. He is well and not homesick as someone reported to his parents. He has plenty of clothing. His colonel and commanding officer is very well liked. Ben seems to think that the soldiers are getting very good training and being well treated. He still has not been paid. "Unkel Sam" owes him forty dollars. He advised his father to have some stirrups made so that his boots would not get dirty when he is out riding.
Camp Jewett, [Kentucky]
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Van Raalte, Ben; Jalving, Clarence; and Kennedy, Nella, "In a Letter to His Father, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Son Ben Gives Another Update About His Camp Experiences" (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 142.