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Arkansas soldiers play "Old Fashioned Town Ball"

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Civil War, Military
Location Mississippi
City/State/Country: Canton, MS, United States
Game Town Ball
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Adult
Notables General Abe Buford
Text

Willis, Arkansas Confederates, p. 406, refers to Arkansas Confederates playing town ball, citing J. P. Cannon, "Inside of Rebeldom" p.  98 [Nov. 1863 in camp at Canton, MS]: "One of the most popular schemes invented to have fun and to pass the time was a game called 'old fashioned town ball,' which is the ancestor of today's baseball. Even Gen. Buford took great interest in the game, although his 300 pounds of flesh and fat (mostly fat)... prevented any participation more than a mere spectator."

Confederate Gen. Abraham Buford was an overweight and fun-loving brigade commander.

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J. P. Cannon, "Inside of Rebeldom" p.  98

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