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Soildiers play "Baste ball" in Virginia

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Civil War
City/State/Country: Belle Plaine, VA, United States
Game Baste Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

The Richmond (IN) Palladium, May 8, 1863, prints a letter from a soldier in the 19th Indiana, datelined April 20 in camp near Belle Plaine, which says his regiment and the 7th Indiana "have many a game at baste-ball--that has been our chief amusement..."

Belle Plaine is near Fredericksburg, where Hooker's Army of the Potomac was camped. The game played might be a mis-spelling of "base ball." 


The Richmond (IN) Palladium, May 8, 1863

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Submitted by Bruce Allardice


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