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Players “Lamed Badly” at Ballplaying

Salience Peripheral
Tags Civil War, Military
Location TN
City/State/Country: Chattanooga, TN, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
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“Soldier baseball must have been vigorous. One Yank noted after a contest in Tennessee, “We get lamed badly.”

Bell Irvin Wiley, The Common Soldier in the Civil War (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.” Note: can we verify and enrich this account? Richard Welch’s The Boy General (Fairleigh Dickinson U, 2003), page 76) identifies an Edward L. Edes as a soldier in the 33rd Massachusetts.. In April 1864 the 33rd, apparently raised in Springfield, MA was on the outskirts of Chattanooga awaiting the start of the Atlanta campaign.

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