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1862.86 An interesting game of base ball in Oxford, MS

Location:

Mississippi

Age of Players:

Adult

Jenkins Lloyd Jones, "An Artilleryman's Civil War Diary": "Near Oxford, Friday, Dec. 19th... The delightful weather succeeded in enticing most of the boys from their well worn decks [of cards] and cribbage boards,bring them out in ball playing, pitching quoits, etc. Tallied for an interesting game of base ball."

Dec. 19, 1862, near Oxford, MS. Jones was a member of the 6th WI Battery.

Sources:

Jenkins Lloyd Jones, "An Artilleryman's Civil War Diary"

Warning:

Dup of 1862.20?

Year
1862
Item
1862.86
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1863.58 Ballplaying on the Lines at the Siege of Vicksburg

Location:

Mississippi

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

“The civil war, however, arrested the development of the new game [base ball] for a time. It was played during the war in camps all over the south. Regiments and companies having their teams. Sergeant Dryden, of an Iowa regiment, relates that during the long waits in the trenches before Vicksburg, the Union and Confederate soldiers jokingly challenged each other to play baseball, and that during the brief truces the men of his company and the enemy played catch from line to line.

“’We were throwing and catching the ball belonging to our company ne day,’ he relates, ‘when firing commenced afresh and the men dived into their holes. There was a big fellow named Holleran who, after we got to cover, wanted to go over and whip the ‘Johnny Reb’ who hd stolen our ball. The next morning during a lull in the firing, that ‘Reb’ yelled to us and in a minute the baseball came flying over the works, so we played a game on our next relief.’”

The siege of Vicksburg MS occurred from late May to July 4 1863.  Many Iowa regiments participated.

Sources:

J. Evers and H. Fullerton, Touching Second: The Science of Baseball (Reilly and Britton, Chicago, 1910), pages 21-22. Accessed 6/28 on Google Books via “touching second” search. This book provides no source for the Dryden passage.

Differences from Modern Baseball: 136
Query:

Note: can we locate an original source for the Dryden data?

I can't find a mention of this in any online newspaper. A Carlton Dryden, Sgt. in the 10th Iowa, is the likeliest candidate for the "Sgt. Dryden" mentioned.

Year
1863
Item
1863.58
External
136
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1863.76 Hawkeyes beat Suckers in Corinth, MS

Location:

Mississippi

Age of Players:

Adult

The New Albany (IN) Daily Ledger April 4, 1863, reprints a letter from a soldier in Corinth, MS, dated March 29, 1863, saying that yesterday a base ball team from the 2nd Iowa defeated a team from the 52nd IL 100 to 77.

See also the Davenport (IA) Daily Gazette, April 18, 1863.

Sources:

The New Albany (IN) Daily Ledger April 4, 1863

Year
1863
Item
1863.76
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1863.103 Arkansas soldiers play "Old Fashioned Town Ball"

Location:

Mississippi

Game:

Town Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

Notables:

General Abe Buford

Willis, Arkansas Confederates, p. 406, refers to Arkansas Confederates playing town ball, citing J. P. Cannon, "Inside of Rebeldom" p.  98 [Nov. 1863 in camp at Canton, MS]: "One of the most popular schemes invented to have fun and to pass the time was a game called 'old fashioned town ball,' which is the ancestor of today's baseball. Even Gen. Buford took great interest in the game, although his 300 pounds of flesh and fat (mostly fat)... prevented any participation more than a mere spectator."

Confederate Gen. Abraham Buford was an overweight and fun-loving brigade commander.

Sources:

J. P. Cannon, "Inside of Rebeldom" p.  98

Year
1863
Item
1863.103
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1863.116 "we had a game of ball notwithstanding"

Location:

Mississippi

Age of Players:

Adult

Woodworth, "Cultures in Conflict--the American Civil War" p. 99 cites the Jan. 6, 1863 diary of Aurelius Voorhis, 46th IN, in Grant's army near Vicksburg, writing: "A cold, raw wind blew all day... We had a game of ball notwithstanding... [Drill] will take up some of our ball playing time but it suits me."

Sources:

Woodworth, "Cultures in Conflict--the American Civil War" p. 99

Year
1863
Item
1863.116
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1863.120 A bully game of base ball

Location:

Mississippi

Age of Players:

Adult

"Had a bully game of base ball. Received letters from home."

Livermore, "My Story of the War" p. 379, quoting from the Chicago Mercantile Battery, at the siege of Vicksburg.

Sources:

Livermore, "My Story of the War" p. 379

Year
1863
Item
1863.120
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1864.59 Union POWs Play Town Ball

Location:

Mississippi

Game:

Town Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

The Savannah Republican, Dec. 2, 1864 prints an item from the Canton MS Citizen of Nov. 11, says that Union soldiers captured at Athens, AL, while on parole and en route to Memphis for exchange, "played quite spiritedly in a game of old fashioned town ball" while in Canton.

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest had captured the Union garrison at Athens shortly before this. "Parole" is a form of captivity where the POW gives his pledge not to escape, and will await a POW exchange.

Sources:

The Savannah Republican, Dec. 2, 1864

Year
1864
Item
1864.59
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