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1861.52 Christmas Baseball in Camp

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The New York Clipper, Jan. 11, 1862, headlined "Christmas in Camp," reports on a game on Christmas Day between the officers of the "1st Regiment, Excelsior Brigade" (70th NY Infantry) at Camp Farnum, Sandy Point, MD. Capt. Mitchell's nine defeated Lt. Dennson's 32-12. A greased pig chase followed.

Sources:

The New York Clipper, Jan. 11, 1862

Year
1861
Item
1861.52
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1861.59 1st MA has plenty of exercise

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The Boston Traveler, Oct. 26, 1861 prints a letter from the 1st Massachusetts in Bladensburg, MD, denouncing newspaper reports of lack of exercise in the unit. "Six hours of every pleasant day are devoted to it [drill], sometimes at the double quick, and the hours between are filled up with bathing, base-ball, &c."

Sources:

The Boston Traveler, Oct. 26, 1861

Year
1861
Item
1861.59
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1861.63 Thanksgiving game of 25th Massachusetts

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The Worcester (MA) Spy, Nov. 27, 1861, prints a letter from the 25th Massachusetts datelined Camp Hicks, Annapolis, Nov. 21, where in a Thanksgiving game, company H defeated company A 31-22. The game ended at 5 pm by mutual agreement. Gives a box score. "The game was a hard fought one, lasting three hours, and engaged in by the best players of both companies."

Sources:

The Worcester (MA) Spy, Nov. 27, 1861

Year
1861
Item
1861.63
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1861.64 Happy Pennsylvanians near DC

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The Pottsville Weekly Miners' Journal, June 1, 1861 prints a letter datelined May 26 from Fort Washington, MD, near DC, from a Lieutenant in the 1st company, Washington Artillery (a Pottsville unit): "At the close of the day, our boys indulge in a game of ball in the water battery, where our quarters are located, and are apparently as happy as if they were taking an afternoon game on Lawton's Hill, or back of the basin."

Sources:

The Pottsville Weekly Miners' Journal, June 1, 1861

Year
1861
Item
1861.64
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1861.72 Secesh and Unionists fraternize on ball field

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The New York Herald, June 28, 1861: "Fraternization--I had the pleasure of beholding an oasis of fraternization of members of the Excelsior Base Ball Club, of Brooklyn, N.Y., composed in part of officers and privates attached to the Thirteenth Regiment New York State Militia, stationed on Mount Clare, near the city, and the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Baltimore, which is composed of secessionists almost to a man..." They played a game, the Baltimore club winning 26-25.

Sources:

The New York Herald, June 28, 1861

Year
1861
Item
1861.72
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1861.81 9th NY Plays to 49-49 tie

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The New York Sunday Mercury, Oct. 27, 1861 reports that the right and left wings of the 9th NY, camped near Darnestown, MD, played to a 49-49 tie. Gives a box score.

Year
1861
Item
1861.81
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1861.84 2nd Fire Zouaves Match

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The New York Sunday Mercury, Nov. 17, 1861 reports on a game between two nines of the 2nd Fire Zouaves, camped near Indian Head, MD. Company K's nine defeated Company I's 23-19.

The regiment was formally known as the 73rd NY Infantry.

Year
1861
Item
1861.84
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1861.87 Heavy battle losses don't stop baseball playing

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The Chicago Tribune, Nov. 18, 1861 has an article on a visit tot he Army of the Potomac, where the writer visited a regiment recently decimated in the Battle of Ball's Bluff, and sees "a party at play in a vigorous game of base ball, and that not forty eight hours after they stood hemmed in by the rebels..."

Sources:

The Chicago Tribune, Nov. 18, 1861

Year
1861
Item
1861.87
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1862.73 14th NY Plays in Annapolis

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Oct. 11, 1862, under the headline "Ball Playing in the 14th Regiment," reports that in Annapolis on the 6th, Oline's nine defeated Pendleton's, 34-21.

The Eagle wrote a lot of stories on the 14th, which appears to have had many prewar ballplayers.

Sources:

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Oct. 11, 1862

Year
1862
Item
1862.73
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1862.92 47th NY Plays Baseball at Site of Star Spangled Banner

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The New York Sunday Mercury, Aug. 10, 1862 reports that soldiers of the 47th NY recently played a game of baseball at Fort McHenry.

Year
1862
Item
1862.92
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1863.70 10th Vermont loves its Baseball

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The Vermont Watchman, April 3, 1863, prints a letter from the 10th Vermont Infantry Regiment, camped at Conrad's Ferry, MD, stating that now the ground is drying up from winter, "base ball has come into vogue."

Conrad's Ferry is now known as White's Ferry. It's on the Potomac River.

Year
1863
Item
1863.70
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1863.93 Rebel POWs at Fort McHenry

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

The New Haven Daily Palladium, Sept. 24, 1863 writes of "Rebel" POWs at Fort McHenry, site of the Star Spangled Banner: they "have the run of the fine parade ground, amuse themselves with ball play and other exercises."

Sources:

The New Haven Daily Palladium, Sept. 24, 1863

Year
1863
Item
1863.93
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1864.57 Union Army Parolees Play Baseball in Camp

Location:

MD

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

Cox, "Civil War Maryland" says Union army parolees played baseball in 1864 at Camp Parole, Annapolis, Maryland.

"Parole" was a system of POW exchange whereby the soldier, after surrender, took an oath not to serve again until properly exchanged, and was then released. Union parolees went to the parole camp near Annapolis that the Federal government established, to wait (in friendly territory) until notified that they'd been exchanged for a Confederate parolee. So this is another example of Union army POWs playing baseball.

Sources:

Cox, "Civil War Maryland"

Year
1864
Item
1864.57
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1864.77 196th PA plays ball in Baltimore

Location:

MD

Age of Players:

Adult

Morris et al., "Base Ball Pioneers," p. 255, quotes Griffith, "The Early History of Amateur Baseball" as saying in 1864 he watched soldiers of the 196th PA practice baseball in Baltimore. Among the soldiers practicing was Dick McBride, the well known pitcher. The 196th was a 100-days regiment that contained many Philadelphia area ballplayers.

Sources:

Morris et al., Base Ball Pioneers," p. 255

Year
1864
Item
1864.77
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