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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who reports that "Yesterday evening I received your letter of the 20th. The calling up of 500,000 suits me fine. I have no sympathy for those at home who are being drafted. In Holland they appear to be very scared. Doesburg is putting the fear of death into the hearts of the ignorant masses. They should burn his printing office....Col. Cooper of the 6th Tennesee is now Brigadier General... He looks like a Drenthe farmer....The packages you sent arrived in good shape."
Camp 25th Mich. in front of Atlanta, Ga.
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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. 251.