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A letter to Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from her son, Dirk, who wrote that "Ben and I are both well and the other Hollanders also. We now lie behind our breastworks with Atlanta in sight....You worry about us too much. You must not do that - it doesn't do you any good and us either. We can bear our hardships very well....P.S. The fact that you do not get many letters from me is not my fault. I write frequently. Why doesn't Christina write?"
Camp one half mile from Atlanta, Ga.
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Van Raalte, Dirk; Jalving, Clarence; and Kennedy, Nella, "A Letter to Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from Her Son, Dirk" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 245.