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A letter to Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from her son, Ben, who reported that "Yesterday we burned a large house, just like the Holland Academy. It was a beautiful fire and the boys enjoyed themselves." He gives her many details about the battle for Atlanta. No wonder she is worried about her sons' safety! "I received your package and letter and wish to thank you."
Camp 25th Mich. Near Atlanta, Ga.
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Van Raalte, Ben; Jalving, Clarence; and Kennedy, Nella, "A Letter to Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from Her Son, Ben" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 249.