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<p>“March 2 . Jas Mitchell fal … <p>“March 2 . Jas Mitchell falls. Died while playing wicket.”</p>
<p>Diary entry, presumably by Captain Milo E. Palmer, 12<sup>th</sup> Regiment, in Deborah B. Martin, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">History of Brown County Wisconsin</span> (S. J. Clarke Publishing, Chicago, 1913), page 216. The 12<sup>th</sup> Wisconsin was near “Coliersville” [Collierville?] TN in early March, according to the diary entries. Collierville is about 15 miles SW of Memphis. The 12<sup>th</sup> WI seems to have been raised in the Madison WI area. The book was accessed 6/7/09 on Google Books via “of brown county” search. No other cited diary entries refer to ballplaying. <strong>Caution:</strong> It is unconfirmed that “playing wicket” in this case referred to ballplaying. It seems plausible that wicket was played in the 1850s-1860s in WI, but it hardly seems a mortally risky game, and it seems possible that “playing wicket” has a military meaning here. Input from readers on this issue is most welcome.</p> s on this issue is most welcome.</p>