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23-Year-Old Iowa Cavalryman Played Ball, Probably in SW Missouri

Salience Peripheral
Tags Civil War, Military
Location MO
City/State/Country: MO, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

“Mar 13 [1863] Wrote a letter to George and one to father. In the afternoon played a game of ball. Mar 14 Played a game of ball in the afternoon. Bill rode my horse on the forage guard.”

James H. Cowan, “Cowan’s Civil War Diary,” transcribed by Juanita Lewis, accessed 6/7/098 at http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/regiment/cavalry/01st/cowan.html. The diary, noted as volume 2, covers from September 1862 through April of 1863. The website notes that Cowan was from northernmost Iowa. His location in early March is inferred, perhaps incorrectly, from towns named Springfield, Rollo (Rolla?), Salem in the Feb/March entries.

Cowan was in the 1st Iowa Cavalry. [ba]

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