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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.


Translated by Clarence Jalving.

Description of the document and reference to the National Archives of the Netherlands by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the National Archives of the Netherlands.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the National Archives of the Netherlands.

A Letter to A. C. Van Raalte from His Son, Ben