Chronology:Arkansas

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1863.121 Soldiers Play Wicket in Little Rock

Location:

Arkansas

Game:

Wicket

Age of Players:

Adult

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]

Year
1863
Item
1863.121
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1864.75 12th Kansas plays ball in Fort Smith

Location:

Arkansas

Age of Players:

Adult

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

Year
1864
Item
1864.75
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1864.76 29th Iowa plays ball in Little Rock

Location:

Arkansas

Age of Players:

Adult

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.

Year
1864
Item
1864.76
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