The Union Base Ball Club has now commenced its regular playing season. The practicing days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in the afternoon and Saturdays at 10 o'clock. The following are its officers: F.C. Billon, President; W.E. Greenleaf, Vice President; R.P. Renick, Treasurer; J.P. Carr, Secretary; S.D. Barlow, Jr., Jos. H. Holliday, Jos. C. Cabanne, Directors; E.F. Finney, W.E. Greenleaf, Field Captains.
-Missouri Republican, April 8, 1862
The Battle of Shiloh ended the day before this squib appeared in the Republican. Over two days, the Union and Confederate sides suffered almost 25,000 casualties combined. It was, at the time, the bloodiest battle in American history. Sadly, worse days were to come.