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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who reports that "...General Sherman...is in favor of sparing his troops and does much of his fighting by flanking movements and then fortifying positions." The Confederates "use Negros to fortify their rear - last week we captured at least 800 of them....Yesterday I received your letter of the 27th of June... P.S. What a copperhead De Hollander is. They should burn his office. Capt. De Boe is in the rear. He is a sick and broken down man. The Lieutenant is also complaining."
Camp in the field near the Chattahoochee River
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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. 241.