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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?

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