Blue & Gray
Abner Doubleday was in
the Fredericksburg area from the summer of 1862 through the
Battle of Fredericksburg that December, and for the Battle
of Chancellorsville in May 1863, Baseball was played "extensively" by Union
soldiers in Stafford County, said John Hennessy, chief
historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National
The Civil War helped
fuel a boom in the popularity of baseball evidenced by the
fact that a ball club called the Washington Nationals was
born in 1860 -- 145 years before a Major League Baseball
team was given the same name in the District of Columbia
this past season.
" ... for
Americas Game. "