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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who is a sergeant and very busy. He again expresses his dislike of Doesburg. He also reports on the many soldiers and officers who are slack in their duties or go AWOL. There is no question about Ben's devotion to his duties. The regiment is on the alert because it is rumored that "the Rebs" want to take Knoxville. "This is a peculiar letter. Next time I will be more careful and write about other things."
Camp near Knoxville, Tenn.
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Van Raalte, Ben; Jalving, Clarence; and Kennedy, Nella, "A Letter to A. C. Van Raalte from His Son, Ben" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 204.