Base Ball.—The base ball players and those who take an interest in this highly exciting game, will be pleased to learn that another match will be played this afternoon at Lafayette Park, between the married and single men of the Commercial, Cyclone and Morning Star Clubs. Play to commence at half-past three o’clock. We learn that a match between the Commercial and Empire Clubs will be played on the 29th of the month.
-Missouri Republican, June 7, 1861
On June 10, 1861, the Battle of Big Bethel was fought near Ft. Monroe, on the Peninsula. There is an argument to be made that this was the first real battle of the war after Ft. Sumter, as everything prior to this could be described as minor skirmishes. Regardless, the Confederates repelled a rather disorganized Union attack and claimed victory.