Commercial Base Ball Club. - The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Club will be held THIS AFTERNOON, at 5 o'clock, at the office of A.W. Howe, Esq.
J.W. Donaldson, Secretary.
-Missouri Republican, September 15, 1863
On the day this notice appeared in the Republican, Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus in the United States under authority granted to him by Congress under the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act of 1863. That's an oversimplification of what happened but this is just a simple baseball blog and I'm just a simple baseball historian. But these things happened during the Civil War. St. Louis was under martial law throughout the war. Hapeas corpus got suspended. Two days before this notice appeared, the boat-burners were active in St. Louis, burning four steamers and a barge. Desperate times call for desperate measures and these were desperate times.
The Post Boy was in the government service during the war and was selected as dispatch boat for the fleet at Vicksburg during the siege, and also dispatch boat of the fleet at the siege and capture of Arkansas Post, and served in some capacity on White River at Clarendon and Duvolls Bluff and returned to St. Louis in the fall of 1863 and was destroyed by fire along with steamers Jesse K. Bell, Hiawatha and last, but not least, the Steamer Imperial, the queen of all, and the fastest and finest steamboat that ever run in the St. Louis and New Orleans trade.