I'm back. Did you miss me?
We're going to continue on with the Civil War stuff and finish off 1862 this week and start on 1863. But before we do that, I have a post up tomorrow about Benton Barracks and the St. Louis Fairground in August 1861. I just found some information about all of that in Sarah Hill's Civil War memoirs and I wanted to share that because it's rather significant. So, Benton Barracks, wrapping up 1862, and on to 1863.
While I was watching the Cards game today, I was cleaning up my bookmarks and found a link to Katherine Sandoz's website that included the above picture of Basil Duke. I can't remember if I ever posted this pic or not (and I'm too lazy to check) but Sandoz is an amazing artist. I love her work and her taste in subject matter. Head on over to her site to check it out.
I got a couple of great books in the mail in the last week or so. The first is the above mentioned memoirs of Sarah Hill, which I'm enjoying Immensely. The second is The History of Morgan's Cavalry by the above mentioned Basil Duke. See what I did there. I haven't gotten into Duke's book just yet but I'm looking forward to it.
I also found an online copy of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. This is rather significant because it prominently mentions two members of the Cyclones - Alex Crosman and Orville Matthews. In fact, it includes Crosman's report of his actions around James Island, S.C., in 1865. As I've mentioned before, when I first got out of college, I lived on James Island for awhile so I've always been interested in Crosman's activity in the area. I'm digging through the book and looking up all kinds of stuff about the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the fall of Charleston in February of 1865. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this because it's only tangentially related to St. Louis baseball but I may write something up and post it. At the very least, I'll probably end up posting Crosman's report.
Anyway, come back tomorrow and we'll talk about how the Union Army kept occupying the best baseball grounds in St. Louis during the Civil War.