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Confederate Soldier Reports “Several Kinds of Ball”

Salience Peripheral
Tags Civil War, Military
Location KY
City/State/Country: Columbus, KY, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
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“The troops enjoyed a variety of sports, ‘some of which are harder than any work I ever saw,’ observed a Louisiana soldier at Columbus. Among them were footraces, several kinds of ball, wrestling, climbing trees and a herculean game in which a cannonball was hurled into one of nine holes in the ground.”

Larry J. Daniel, Soldiering in the Army of the Tennessee: A Portrait of Life in a Confederate Army (U of North Carolina Press, 1991), page 90. Daniel evidently attributes this to the New Orleans Crescent, October 29, 1861. He does not give the location or regiment involved. Note: can we locate the article? There was a juvenile English game called None Holes.

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This was Columbus, KY where several LA units were stationed.

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External Number 151



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