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1863.121 Soldiers Play Wicket in Little Rock
From the Civil War journal of James B. Lockney, Wisconsin 28th Regiment.
"In Camp near Little Rock. Ark Wednesday Sept 30, 1863.
Today was rainy in the A.M. & drizzled some P.M. The boys had a game of Wicket the first time I ever saw it played. They used clubs of hurdles and a large ball about 6 in. in diameter. Some of the Officers took part & the game passed off quietly."
Note that the camp was probably in what is now the Little Rock city limits. [Caleb Hardwick]
1864.75 12th Kansas plays ball in Fort Smith
Private Henry A. Strong writes about camp entertainment in his journal on January 14th, 1864 in Fort Smith, AR:
"Ball playing is got to be a chief amusement. Well, anything to drive away the blues when a fellow is on short rations"
Courtesy Caleb Hardwick
A Rough Introduction to This Sunny Land: The Civil War Diary of Private Henry A. Strong, Co. K, Twelfth Kansas Infantry
1864.76 29th Iowa plays ball in Little Rock
Charles Musser of the 29th Iowa writes while stationed in Little Rock, AR on February 15th, 1864 during the Civil War:
"The boys are pretty generally all well and in fine spirits. ... They are laughing and yelling over their ball playing, and such like amusements"
Soldier Boy: The Civil War Letters of Charles O. Musser, 29th Iowa, By Barry Popchock, 1995. Courtesy Caleb Hardwick.