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Government Survey: Athletic Games Forestall Woes of Soldiers Gambling

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Civil War, Military
City/State/Country: United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
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After examining nearly 200 regiments, the Sanitary Commission [it resembled today's Red Cross] was reported to have found that "in forty-two regiments, systematic athletic recreations (foot ball, base ball, &c) were general. In one hundred and fifty-six, there were none. Where there were none, card playing and other indoor games took their place. This invited gambling abuses, it was inferred.

 

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"War Miscellanies. Interesting Army Statistics," Springfield [MA] Republican, January 25, 1862. Accessed via Genealogybank, 5/21/09. PBall file: CW13.

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is it worth inspecting the report itself in search of further detail? It is not available online in May 2009. 

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