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In Coastal SC: Union Men Played Ball “In Almost Every Camp”

Salience Peripheral
Tags Civil War, Military
Location South Carolina
City/State/Country: SC, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Adult

The US had captured the Sea Island area of SC in 1861, and a group of anti-slavery advocates from Massachusetts ventured south to help educate former slaves in the region. In a letter home from “H.W.,” described as the sister of a Harvard man just out of college, wrote about seeing, on March 3, 1863, what she called “real war camps.” She listed daily work duties, and added, “in almost every camp we saw some men playing ball.” It appears the trip’s objective was “the 24th,” which seems to have been the 24th MA, where a cousin James was to be found.


Elizabeth Ware Pearson, Letters from Port Royal Written at the Time of the Civil War (W. B. Clarke, Boston, 1906), page 162. Accessed 6/7/09 on Google Books via “from port royal” search. Port Royal is about 15 miles north of Holton Head SC and about 40 miles NE of Savannah GA.

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Note: can we determine what Union Army units were deployed to Port Royal and the Sea Islands in early 1863?

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