Baseball was still very much a developing sport when the war divided the nation. It was decidedly more popular in the Northern states, and many Southerners learned about the game watching Union soldiers play in Confederate POW camps. Soon both sides got into the game.

“It was played on both sides,” Fort Sumter historian Richard Hatcher said. “It wasn’t the game it is today in popularity, but it was one of many things soldiers did during long periods of inactivity.”

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