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Union POWs Play Town Ball

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Civil War, Military
Location Mississippi
City/State/Country: Canton, MS, United States
Game Town Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
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The Savannah Republican, Dec. 2, 1864 prints an item from the Canton MS Citizen of Nov. 11, says that Union soldiers captured at Athens, AL, while on parole and en route to Memphis for exchange, "played quite spiritedly in a game of old fashioned town ball" while in Canton.

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest had captured the Union garrison at Athens shortly before this. "Parole" is a form of captivity where the POW gives his pledge not to escape, and will await a POW exchange.

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The Savannah Republican, Dec. 2, 1864

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