First grand Basket Pic-nic of the Hope Base Ball Club, to be given on August 4th, at Laclede Station, on the P.R.R. Cars leave precisely at 8 o'clock A.M. Tickets one dollar.
P.S. - An interesting game of base ball to be played on the occasion.
-Missouri Republican, August 2, 1864
Three days before this squib appeared in the Republican, the Battle of the Crater took place. It's become a bit of a cliche to call the Civil War the first modern war. I'm not even sure what it means when we say that but the Siege of Petersburg and the Battle of the Crater have always reminded me of the First World War. Now I've also seen references to the First World War as being the last ancient war and I really have no idea what that means. Wars are a product of their time and are neither ancient nor modern. That simply are. We apply the tools that we have to the problems that we face. They did that in both the Civil War and the First World War. All civilizations and societies thought, at some point, that they were modern. And all of them, at some point, became ancient. Time is a relative concept and pretty much everything depends on where you're standing.