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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben, who gives him the bad news that brother Dirk has been wounded and his right arm amputated. Ben suggests that his father come down and take Dirk home. Dirk is making good recovery, however. Dirk, while out riding, chanced upon a group of rebel soldiers who tried to take him prisoner. As Dirk spurred his horse suddenly, he was shot, but escaped from the enemy.
Marietta, Ga., 23rd A. C. Hospital
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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. 262.