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Benjamin Van Raalte wrote to his father, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, that his company marched seven days before they arrived at this place. The company is located near the Green River on which the other side, Conferate troups are massed. Under the direction of Colonel Morgan, these troups are expected to attack the Union troups. Due to heavy rain, some things in his knapsack got wet such as the pictures of his family. With all the rain came the mud. He had to pitch his tent in the mud but manages to stay dry. He had a better sleep than if he were sleeping on the "old lumpy bed in his room." Ben never complains about the conditions under which he is now living.
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Van Raalte, Benjamin; Jalving, Clarence; and Kennedy, Nella, "Benjamin Van Raalte Wrote to His father, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, That His Company Marched Seven Days Before They Arrived at This Place." (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 148.