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Awaiting Release, Soldier in DC Plays and Watches Base Ball

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

“This afternoon I played ‘base ball’ for four hours a 1st baseman in a match game between the Officers of the 12th V.R.C. and the Officers of the 24th the game – after seven innings – standing in favor of the former club, the score being 53 to 23”

Letter, October 2, 1865, from York Amos Woodward, 24th Veteran Reserves. A series of Woodward’s letters, written in October and November 1865, contain 9 references to base ball, including a report of a game between the National club of Washington and the Excelsior of Brooklyn [October 9]. Woodward appears to have been in Washington at the time. From an auction offering accessed via Google Web search on 5/19/09.

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