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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.


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