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1778.4
Age of Players Adult  +
City Valley Forge  +
Comment <p><strong>Caveat:</strong& <p><strong>Caveat:</strong> It is unknown whether this was a ball game, rather than prisoner's base, a form of tag played by two teams, and resembling the game "Capture the Flag."</p> <p>Note:  "Long Bullets" evidently involved a competition to throw a ball down a road, seeing who could send the ball furthest along with a given number of throws.  Another reference to long bullets is found at <a>http://protoball.org/1830s.20</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Coordinates 40° 5' 49" N, 75° 28' 11" WLatitude: 40.0970506
Longitude: -75.4696358
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Country United States  +
Game Wicket + , Base (Prisoner's Base) +
Has Supplemental Text false  +
Headline Ewing Reports Playing "At Base" and Wicket at Valley Forge - with the Father of his Country  +
Immediacy of Report Contemporary  +
Query <p>Is Ewing's diary available now?</p>
Reviewed true  +
Salience 2  +
Sources <p>[A] Ewing, G., <span style="te <p>[A] Ewing, G., <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Military Journal of George Ewing (1754-1824), A Soldier of Valley Forge</span> [Private Printing, Yonkers, 1928], pp 35 ["base"] and 47 [wicket]. Also found at John C. Fitzpatrick, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799</span>. Volume: 11. [U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1931]. page 348.  The text of Ewing's diary is unavailable at Google Books as of 11/17/2008.</p> <p>[B] From the website of Historic Valley Forge;</p> <p>see <a href="http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/youasked/067.htm">http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/youasked/067.htm</a>, accessed 10/25/02. <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Note:</span></strong> it is possible that the source of this material is the Ewing entry above, but we're hoping for more details from the Rangers at Valley Forge. In 2013, we're still hoping, but not as avidly.</p> still hoping, but not as avidly.</p>
State PA  +
Submission Note Submitted 10/12/2004.  +
Submitted by John Thorn +
Tags Famous  + , Military  +
Year 1,778  +
Year Number 4  +
Has improper value forThis property is a special property in this wiki. Year Suffix  + , Source Image  +
Categories Chronology  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 28 July 2019 17:42:39  +
TextThis property is a special property in this wiki. <p>[A] George Ewing, a Revolutionary <p>[A] George Ewing, a Revolutionary War soldier, tells of playing a game of "Base" at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: "Exercisd in the afternoon in the intervals playd at base."</p> <p>Ewing also wrote: "[May 2d] in the afternoon playd a game at Wicket with a number of Gent of the Arty . . . ." And later . . .  "This day [May 4, 1778] His Excellency dined with G Nox and after dinner did us the honor to play at Wicket with us."</p> <p> </p> <p>[B]</p> <p>"Q. What did soldiers do for recreation?</p> <p>"A: During the winter months the soldiers were mostly concerned with their survival, so recreation was probably not on their minds. As spring came, activities other than drills and marches took place. "Games" would have included a game of bowls played with cannon balls and called "Long Bullets." "Base" was also a game - the ancestor of baseball, so you can imagine how it might be played; and cricket/wicket. George Washington himself was said to have took up the bat in a game of wicket in early May after a dinner with General Knox! . . . Other games included cards and dice . . . gambling in general, although that was frowned upon."</p> <p>Valley Forge is about 20 miles NE of Philadelphia.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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