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Camp Sports, 13th N.Y. Heavy Artillery - Playing Ball, Petersburg, Va. - Circa 1864

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posted by Paul Taylor alias civilwar3dhighdefwidescreen on Thursday 14th of April 2022 01:42:40 PM

3D red/cyan anaglyph created from glass plate stereograph at Library of Congress - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog: LOC Title: Petersburg, Virginia (vicinity). Playing ball. Camp of 13th New [sic] Heavy Artillery Date: 1864 - 1865 (Date from stereo card version) Photographer: Not identified - "Negative by Brady & Co., Washington." Link to glass plates: Link to stereo card version: Notes: These are new anaglyph versions - I've done some more cleanup in the negatives, increased the depth, sharpened the soldiers a bit, and made some other adjustments. Civil War soldiers played a form of "football" and called it such. It was evidently played quite differently than the sport today, and from drawings I've seen, these games would have more resembled a huge rumble. Below are links to two sketches from Harper's Weekly: 1865 Sketch: 1861 Sketch: --------------------------- Below is an article from the Rutland Weekly Herald of December 18, 1862, which mentions the 12th Vermont playing football as part of their Thanksgiving celebration. "Thanksgiving in Camp. A correspondent of the Freeman gives an account of the manner in which the 12th Regiment spent Thanksgiving day, from which we extract the following: " At 10 o'clock the regiment attended worship at the usual place upon the parade ground, after which we were dismissed until after dinner, at which time we were requested to assemble on the parade ground for an hour of social enjoyment. At the hour appointed, we were upon the ground promptly, and when there, we found Col. Blunt, Lieut. Col. Farnham, and their staff, and nearly all the line officers of the regiment. Lieut. Col. Farnham called upon the right wing of the regiment, composed of companies A, F, D, I and C, to fall in on one side of the ground, and the left wing, composed of companies H, K, E, G, and B, to fall in upon the other, after which he came forward with a fine foot-ball, and gave us the bounds and the rules by which we were to be governed during the game. He then called upon a man to warn the ball. We all "went in" as the boys term it. After about twenty minutes of smart kicking the game was derided in favor of the right wing of the regiment. For the second game Commissary Bigelow of the Burlington Times, Sergeant Major Redington "chose sides," Major Kingsley, the Chaplain and several other officers of the regiment participated in the game. After we had enjoyed ourselves in this, and numerous other games, for about two hours and a half, we repaired to our respective quarters where we found the board spread with roast turkey, chicken pies, butter, cheese, and all the sweets the old Green Mountain State affords, kindly furnished us by our friends at home. We fared sumptuously…” ---------------------------- Red/Cyan (not red/blue) glasses of the proper density must be used to view 3D effect without ghosting. Anaglyph prepared using red cyan glasses from The Center For Civil War Photography / American Battlefield Trust. CCWP Link:

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