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Second NJ Regiment Forms BB Club in Virginia Camp

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Civil War, Military
Location VA
City/State/Country: Alexandria, VA, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

[A] A six-inning game of base ball was played at Camp Seminary on Saturday November 16, 1861. The 2nd NJ challenged the 1st NJ and prevailed. A member of the 2nd NJ sent a short report and box to the Newark newspaper.

[B] Members of the 2nd New Jersey regiment formed the Excelsior club, evidently named for the Newark Excelsior [confirm existence?] in late November 1861. A report of an intramural game between Golder's side and Collins' side appeared in a Newark paper. The game, won 33-20 by the Golder contingent, lasted 6 innings and took four hours to play. The correspondent concludes: "The day passed off pleasantly all around, and I think every one of us enjoyed ourselves duely [sic?]. We all hope to be at home one year hence to dine with those who love us. God grant it!"



[A] "A Game of Ball in the Camp," Newark Daily Advertiser, November 20 1861. PBall file: CW7.

[B] Newark Daily Advertiser, 12/4/1861. PBall file: CW8.


Camp Seminary was located near Fairfax Seminary in Alexandria VA, near Washington DC. 

One may infer that the 2nd NJ remained at winter quarters in Alexandria VA at this time, providing protection to Washington. 

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