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1861.50 Baseball at Benton Barracks

Location:

MO

Age of Players:

Adult

The Marshall (IL) Flag of Our Union, Oct. 25, 1861 prints a Oct. 21 letter from a soldier ("G. Shaw") at Benton Barracks, St. Louis in which he says: "Here can be enacted, among the young men, all of the scenes of their school days. Some are engaged in playing ball, some racing, some jumping, and not infrequently some playing leap frog." 

Sources:

The Marshall (IL) Flag of Our Union, Oct. 25, 1861

Year
1861
Item
1861.50
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1863.11 23-Year-Old Iowa Cavalryman Played Ball, Probably in SW Missouri

Location:

MO

Age of Players:

Adult

“Mar 13 [1863] Wrote a letter to George and one to father. In the afternoon played a game of ball. Mar 14 Played a game of ball in the afternoon. Bill rode my horse on the forage guard.”

James H. Cowan, “Cowan’s Civil War Diary,” transcribed by Juanita Lewis, accessed 6/7/098 at http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/regiment/cavalry/01st/cowan.html. The diary, noted as volume 2, covers from September 1862 through April of 1863. The website notes that Cowan was from northernmost Iowa. His location in early March is inferred, perhaps incorrectly, from towns named Springfield, Rollo (Rolla?), Salem in the Feb/March entries.

Cowan was in the 1st Iowa Cavalry. [ba]

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Year
1863
Item
1863.11
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