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A brief note to Dr. and Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from their son, Dirk, who wrote, "I am doing well. I write with my left hand and Benjamin holds the paper smooth. You must not concern yourselves about me." This is followed by a letter from son, Ben. "Dirk is a peculiar fellow he tells them what they must do for him and whenever his stump is dressed he takes a mirror and examines it, telling them what to do. He has an extensive knowledge of wounds. He has the courage of a lion and doesn't want to be mustered out of the service after he is better....The first three days I was with Dirk continuously so I got no sleep... .They say that Atlanta has fallen and I am sorry that I was not there...P.S....Dirk says father had better use his own judgment about coming or not. Do whatever he thinks he should do."
23rd A. C. Hospital, Marietta, Ga.
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Van Raalte, Dirk and Jalving, Clarence, "A Brief Note to Dr. and Mrs. A. C. Van Raalte from Their Son, Dirk" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 263.