A base ball match will come off to-day on Gamble's Lawn, at one-half past 2, between the Morning Stars Jr., and Empire, Jr., base ball Clubs.
-Missouri Republican, September 11, 1862
Also, I should note that we have a lot of junior clubs playing in 1862. Where are the senior clubs? Where are the Morning Stars, the Cyclones, the Excelsiors, the Lone Stars, and the Lacledes? The only two senior clubs I have references for are the Empires, the Unions, and (I assume) the Imperials. I don't know what to think right now. 1862 is kind of weird. You have to think that the lack of activity among the senior clubs is a result of the war and the junior clubs kind of stepped in and filled the vacuum.
A week after this game was played, the Battle of Antietam was fought. Antietam is still the single bloodiest day in American history and it feels kind of strange transitioning from my flippancy about the 1862 baseball season in St. Louis to mentioning what happened on September 17, 1862. I'll just direct you to Alexander Gardner's photos and hope that makes up for my inconsistent tone.
I used to play a PC game called Robert E. Lee Civil War General. It was a great game and it let you fight all the major battles of the war as either Union or Confederate. Loved that game and played it for years. My least favorite battle to fight in that game was Antietam. That battle was just pure madness and chaos. The geography of the battlefield was insane and made no sense. There was no real high ground to defend and there was all these creeks and bridges and fords. I was just never able to figure out Antietam. I understand the battlefield at Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness and I could fight those battles as either side. But I hated playing Antietam. I could never mass my forces and it would always devolve into something like four different battles going on at the same time.
What I think I'm telling you here is that my understanding of Antietam doesn't come form Landscape Turned Red but from a computer game. I look at those pictures from the battlefield and I understand, just a little bit, how that happened. It was just bad ground to fight on.