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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who reported on the activities of his regiment. He also said, "I sometimes wish that some of those Copperheads in the colony could be here to take part in the fighting and see whether or not they would think so much of the Rebs."
In the field, Altoona Mt.
The original documents are held in the National Archives of the Netherlands.
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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. 230.
Translated by Clarence Jalving; Revision of Clarence Jalving's translation: Nella Kennedy, February 2008]
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.