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Former editor’s blog features Civil War love story

On Aug. 2, 1862, Private George W. Ladd of Concord wrote the following to his girlfriend, Carrie C. Deppen:

“I have read a number of times about girls having enlisted in regts., and I presume there are many here in this army now. Two were found in Gen. Pope’s army a short time since, who had enlisted with their lovers, but I shouldn’t advise anyone to do that. Rather romantic, is it not? But then few could stand the hardships that they would have to undergo if they were disguised, although I think you would be worth a dozen of some soldiers we have in this brigade who are always playing sick.”

Read more of Private Ladd’s comments about soldier life in the Second New Hampshire Volunteers in former Monitor editor Mike Pride’s blog at You can also find a link to the blog on the homepage of The comments appear in a two-part post titled “The soldier’s story behind the love story.”

Monitor staff

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