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April 9, 2015

Bruce Allardice

Who is Abner Doubleday;
Base Ball and The Civil War

The Gerald R. Ford Museum
303 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan​

 Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Bring some friends!
Bruce Allardice travels to Grand Rapids to inform and entertain at our special combination meeting with The Grand Rapids Historical Society with his program, 'Who is Abner Doubleday; Base Ball and the Civil War.'  Base Ball was labeled the "national pastime" even before Fort Sumter. Civil War soldiers spent more time playing base ball that they did fighting battles. Professor Allardice takes a sometimes serious, sometimes humorous look at the "National Pastime" and how it was played during the war. He'll show that the war destroyed most existing base ball teams, but also helped to spread the game across the nation.

A professor of history at South Suburban College, Bruce S. Allardice is past president of the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table, and past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago. Prof. Allardice has authored or coauthored six books, and numerous articles, on the Civil War. His latest book is Two Years Before the Paddlewheel: Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River Confederate (State House Press, 2012), the edited diary of Charles F. Gunther, a Confederate steamboat officer who later became Chicago's leading candymaker.
Special Announcements:
The men of Stonewall's Brigade began to exhaust their supplies of ammunition in September of 1862.  They started using rocks as to load their weapons against the attacking Federal forces.

Brigadier General John Bankhead Magruder became known as "Prince John" because of his grandiose behavior and was the subject of a popular song calling him, 'the hero for the times.'

"It is our duty to keep the memory of our heroes green.  Yet they belong not to us alone; they belong to the whole country; they belong to America."
~ Confederate President, Jefferson Davis
Our Next Meeting

Membership fees for the 2014-2015 season will be $20.00.
Checks can be made out to GRCWRT.
Get your membership/renewal form on our 
Membership page or at the meeting.
Dues are based on the meeting year, September - June.


The GRCWRT is in need of a volunteer to take over the duties of treasurer.  Please contact our Coordinator, Dan Dunn, if you are interested.

Refreshments at the April meeting will  be provided by
The Grand Rapids Historical Society.

Civil War Notes
Major General
Abner Doubleday
Painting of an Early Baseball
Artist Unknown