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37th Illinois plays in camp in Springfield

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

Wilder's History of the 37th Illinois, p. 30: "The officers and men of the [Waukegan] company were reported as playing baseball amidst beautiful weather."

This book cites a letter home by a soldier to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette, May 7, 1861. The unit was in camp near Springfield.

Waukegan had baseball as early as 1859.


 Waukegan Weekly Gazette, May 7, 1861

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