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Sgt. in the 6th Maine Reports “Huge Game of Ball” in VA

Salience Peripheral
Tags Civil War, Military
Location VA
City/State/Country: Falmouth, VA, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

Sgt. Sewell G. Gray, 23, wrote in his diary entry for April 10, 1863: “. . . inspected at 1 o’clock p.m. by Captain Totten. This ended the duties of the day. I participated in a huge game of ball in the afternoon that proved disastrous to my powers of locomotion as it so lamed me that I can hardly stand on my pegs. Weather fine.” No other references to ballplaying are found.

“Diary of Captain Sewell Gray 1862 to 1863,” page 12. The 6th Maine was at Falmouth VA at this time. Gray died at the second battle of Fredericksburg in May 1863. Provided by Michael Aubrecht, May 15, 2009.

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