Mr. Local: In the Republican of Friday you say a correspondent (supposed to be a married man) would like to see another game of base ball between the married and single men of the Morning Star, Commercial and Cyclone clubs, and that he suggests Gamble Lawn as the best place to play. The single men have won two matches already, but are no doubt willing to give their married brethren another chance to “go in and win,” but would object to changing the play ground. The ladies are supposed to take an interest in this contest, and a place must be selected where they will be pleased to go. The grass has been cut in Lafayette Park, and the play ground there is as good as can be found in the West. Let the married men marshal their forces for a game at Lafayette Park any day next week, and there is no doubt the single men will meet them. Single Man.
-Missouri Republican, June 1, 1861
Also, on June 1, 1861, the Battle of Fairfax Court House took place. Often described as the first battle of the war after Ft. Sumter, it's notable for two things. First, Richard Ewell was wounded during the fight. More importantly, the Confederate victory probably had a significant impact on the First Battle of Bull Run, which was fought a couple of weeks later. By driving off Union forces at Fairfax Court House, the Confederates bought themselves more time to organize their forces and, at the same time, impeded the ability of the Union to gather intelligence about the location and strength of those forces. It was the first of many battles fought around Fairfax Court House.