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NJ Artillerymen Play Ball in Virginia

Salience Peripheral
Tags Civil War
Location VA
City/State/Country: VA, United States
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Adult
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[On April 29, 1864] “It rained some during the day, regular April showers. The men amused themselves, jumping, wrestling, running three-legged races. One lot was playing ball. At night there was a drizzling rain.”

Michael Hanifen, History of Battery B, First New Jersey Artillery (Republican-Times, Ottawa Illinois, 1905), page 45. Accessed 6/27/09 on Google Books via “of battery b first” search. Battery B was in Falmouth Virginia and about to join the Chancellorsville campaign. Millen writes that this indicates that ballplaying was seen as commonplace in the unit [page 26]. Battery B formed in the Trenton NJ area.

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The Chancellorsville Campaign was in 1863.

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