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Ladd, George (fl. 1861-1862) to Carrie

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03057.04 Author/Creator: Ladd, George (fl. 1861-1862) Place Written: Camp Beaufort, MD Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 March 1862 Pagination: 5 p. ; 13.5 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: The government has taken control of the telegraph and they will take control of the mail system where they stop soldiers from sending letters home once they get into Virginia. He wanted to join the Navy at first but somehow ended up here. He describes his tent

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Soldier's LetterCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterPost OfficeTelegraphInfrastructureNavyMilitary Camp

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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