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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte writes his wife, Christina, a second time on this date. V.R. has been told that he will not be able to get through the lines upon orders of a general who wants no civilians to be permitted to cross lines. V.R. met a [Rev. Cornelius Van] Santvoord, a chaplain in the Tennessee hospital, a person he knew previously. (Van Raalte may have met him when V.R. was canvassing the East for the Holland Academy in 1859-60.) V.R. learned through him who the doctor was who amputated Dirk's arm. Dirk had also suffered face wounds but the doctor was surprised how quickly his wounds healed.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; ten Hoor, Henry; and Kennedy, Nella, "Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Writes His Wife, Christina, a Second Time On This Date." (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 269.