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A letter to A. C. Van Raalte from his son, Ben. Dirk has left for Chattanooga; Ben has rejoined his company. "I hope that Dirk may soon be home and that Abe may be re-elected by a large majority.... J. Oggel is also a partisan of McClellan but the soldiers are mostly all for Lincoln. Those who are for Mac dare not say anything about it."




Hd. A 25th Mich. Resaca, Ga.


Translation by Clarence Jalving; Nella Kennedy, February 2009.

Description of the document and reference to the National Archives of the Netherlands by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the National Archives of the Netherlands.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the National Archives of the Netherlands.

A Letter to A. C. Van Raalte from His Son, Ben