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Match at Coney Island Proposed for Two Returned Regiments

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Tags Civil War

“When the Fourteenth Regiment returned to Brooklyn in June 1864 a comrade in arms from the Thirteenth Regiment wrote to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: ‘Among the returned heroes of our gallant Fourteenth are some well known ball players who, while devoted to the use of more deadly weapons, have not forgotten the use of bat and ball, as the many games played by them during their three years service will prove.’ He proposed an ‘amalgamated match’ between the two regiments to inaugurate a new ball ground in Coney Island.”

Patricia Millen, From Pastime to Passion (Heritage, 2001), pages 37-38. Millen does not indicate the date of the Eagle article, which is likely her main source for this passage. Note: can we locate the article, and discover whether the game was played?

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