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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who wrote that "The temperature is very high at present....Well, we are beginning to get closer to Atlanta....Our company now has 65 members, that is, enlisted men....P.S. What do the colony rebels think of the war now? Doesburg seems to have a poor opinion of it. Poor fellow---he talks about our basswood soldiers. I get very few letters but will write as often as I can."




In the field - Chattahoochee, Ga.


Translated by Clarence Jalving; Re-translation and transcription - Nella Kennedy, Dec., 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.


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