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2020.9.588
Title
Van den Belt, Hendrik
Description
Image of Holland MI resident Hendrik Van den Belt's record of service in the "Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, Vol. 25" and obituary in the Jan. 2, 1908 edition of Holland City News, page four. 
History
Corporal Hendrik Van den Belt was born on January 16th, 1845 in the Netherlands. On December 31st, 1863 he enlisted in the 25th Michigan Infantry Co. I. On June 15th, 1865 he was transferred to the 28th MI Co. K, in which he served until June 5th, 1866. Sometime after the war, he moved to Fremont, MI where he died on December 23rd, 1907. He is interred in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

The 25th Michigan Infantry Company I was largely made up of Dutch immigrants from Holland, Michigan and its surrounding areas. The company is most famous for its involvement in the Battle at Tebb's Bend, where roughly 200 Union soldiers repulsed an attack by the Confederate general John Hunt Morgan and his raiders. The 25th Infantry was also involved in several campaigns in Eastern Tennessee and Sherman's March to the Sea, where the 25th fought at Tunnel Hill, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Cassville, Kingston, Allatoona, Pine Mountain, Lost Mountain, and Kenesaw. The regiment also took part in the siege of Atlanta. The regiment was mustered out on June 24th, 1865.