Thursday, July 20, 1871

Many organizations embrace the summer with picnics.  The Nineteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry Association, whose members have a record of distinguished service during the Civil War, pitches its picnic tents in Des Plaines.  Some attend in uniform, and reminders of the recent conflict include veterans with empty sleeves and wooden legs.  The only battles of the happy day, however, are those among baseball teams representing the Post Office, the Mulligan Zouaves, and the Irish Rifles.