This year the event drew 18 vintage-baseball teams from several states, one from as far away as Tennessee. The players play the way the game was played in the 19th century. Many of the contests during the festival observed the rules that would have been in effect during the Civil War, including underhand pitching. The ball that was used is slightly larger than the modern baseball.
All the games were played on a farm a short distance from the Gettysburg National Military Park. According to Bruce Leith, 46, of Elkton, Md, one of the festival’s main organizers and also a participant, the setting is fitting for an event meant to transport both participants and viewers back in time. “The fields are just pristine,” he said. “It looks like the 19th century. There are no 21st–century obstructions anywhere that you see. What they played on was pasture land, and so this for us is absolutely perfect.”