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<p>“Confederate troops played townba … <p>“Confederate troops played townball as well as more modern versions of the game in their army camps. In November 1861 the <em>Charleston Mercury</em> of South Carolina reported that Confederate troops were stuck in soggy camps near Centreville, Fairfax County, [northern] Virginia. Heavy rains created miserably wet conditions so that ‘even the base ball players find the green sward in front of the camp, too boggy for their accustomed sport.’” Centreville is adjacent to Manassas/Bull Run. 40,000 Confederate troops under Gen. Johnson had winter quarters there [the town’s population had been 220] in 1861/62.</p>
<p>Source: <em>Charleston</em><em> Mercury,</em> November 4, 1861, page. 4, column 5. Mentioned without citation in Kirsch, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Baseball in Blue and Gray</span> (Princeton U, 2003), page 39.</p> t; (Princeton U, 2003), page 39.</p>