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<p>“Soldier baseball must have been … <p>“Soldier baseball must have been vigorous. One Yank noted after a contest in Tennessee, “We get lamed badly.”</p>
<p>Bell Irvin Wiley, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Common Soldier in the Civil War</span> (Grosset and Dunlap, New York, 1952), page 170. Wiley’s footnotes are clustered, and hard to match to textual claims. His most likely source is “Edward L. Edes for his father, April 3, 1864.” <strong>Note:</strong> can we verify and enrich this account? Richard Welch’s <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Boy </span>General (Fairleigh Dickinson U, 2003), page 76) identifies an Edward L. Edes as a soldier in the 33<sup>rd</sup> Massachusetts.. In April 1864 the 33<sup>rd</sup>, apparently raised in Springfield, MA was on the outskirts of Chattanooga awaiting the start of the Atlanta campaign.</p> e start of the Atlanta campaign.</p>