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A letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to his wife, Christina, while he is on a trip south to visit their son, Dirk B. K., who has been wounded. The Confederate Army has been ripping up the railroad between Nashville and Atlanta so at this moment, V.R. is not sure if he will be able to get to the hospital where Dirk is a patient. He adds a postscript the next day saying that he was writing Dirk and ordering him to stay where he is until he is healed. V.R. plans to return to Michigan. He adds: I desire to be rid of mosquitoes, lice, rats, and the filthy nigger [smeeriqe nigger] service!!
The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; ten Hoor, Henry; and Kennedy, Nella, "A Letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Wife, Christina" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 270.