Peter A. Lamana I was born in 1927 in a tiny town located in the heart of the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, Pardeesville. In 1945, after being the first in my family to graduate from high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. At the conclusion of World War II, I received my honorable discharge and attended Lehigh University on my GI Bill. I graduated from Lehigh in 1952, with a Bachelor?s of Arts Degree in Journalism. After several years working for various newspapers, I decided to return to Lehigh and further my education. With the support of my wife Doris, and the faith of my children, I graduated in 1965 with a Doctor of Education degree, and went to work as a language arts teacher. In 1992 I retired after 32 years of education service, 25 years of which were spent as an elementary school principal. My first baseball glove was reclaimed from a refuse bin, as it was the Depression. The thumb was twisted, and hurt my hand, but it worked. Baseball has always been a constant in my life, though events of my life led me in different directions. My love of baseball was rekindled with the maturing of my sons. As they fell in love with the game, I rediscovered my love of my old friend, baseball. My inspiration for this story is the union of two of my greatest hobby interests ? the history of the Civil War era and the history of early baseball.