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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Camp Sports: 1864

Camp Sports: 1864

Petersburg, Va., 1864-65. "Camp sports. 13th New York Heavy Artillery playing ball." Civil War Glass Negative Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

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The Ballgame

So the designated kicker on the left kicks a square "ball" (or rock?) at the goal, apparently a dog held in place between the goalie's knees.

Then the guy with the axe over on the right.

OK, I give up. Looks like Calvinball. Does anyone have any idea what the game might be or how it works?? Right now I am worrying about several scenarios, none of them looking good for the dog.

Dog day sport.

That little dog the soldier is holding back, looks like he wants to play too.

And is that a pumpkin they're using for a football?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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