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Soldiers' Christmas in Virginia - Ballplaying "on Many a Hillside"

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

A correspondent near Fredericksburg VA told Philadelphia readers about "orders from head-quarters that Christmas day should be observed as a day or recreation. The men gladly availed themselves of this privilege, and on many a hill-side might be seen parties playing at ball, or busy at work dragging Christmas-trees to the quarters . . . ."

The article also reported that "Brown cricket jackets are now issued to the men instead of the brown blouses formerly issued. These jackets make a very comfortable garment . . . but they are very unmilitary-looking." 

Sources

"Christmas in the Army," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 29, 1862. Accessed via Genealogybank, 5/21/09.  PBall file CW-31.

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was a PA regiment involved?

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