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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who reported that "Last week we fought nearly all week but our company was lucky and didn't lose a man to the bullets. One evening we were shelled very heavily and a piece of shell hit Wilterdink in his side but fortunately he had a Testament in his pocket which save his life. It hurt him alot but he stayed with the company."
Camp near Punkinvine Creek, Paldon Co., Ga.
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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. 227.