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Abner Doubleday

Author Code: AABD

Born: Jun. 26, 1819 - Ballston Spa, New York, USA

Died: Jan. 26, 1893 - Mendham, New Jersey, USA

Educated at the US Military Academy at West Point, Doubleday graduated in 1842 and received his commission in the 3rd US Artillery as a brevet second lieutenant. He saw action in the Mexican-American War from 1846 to 1848 and the Seminole Wars from 1856 to 1858. In 1858, he was transferred to Fort Moultrie in South Carolina. Promoted to Captain, he was moved to Fort Sumter where he was second-in-command to Major Robert Anderson. Doubleday is credited with aiming the cannon that fired the first shot against the Confederates after their initial attack on Sumter. During the Shenandoah Campaign of June-August 1861, he served under General Patterson. In February, 1862, he was appointed Brigadier-General of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division III Corps and led them at Second Bull Run. After General Hatch was wounded, Doubleday took command of the Division. In November 1862, he was promoted to Major General of the U.S. Volunteers and saw action at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg in 1863. He returned to Washington D.C. and undertook administrative duties although he did see further action against Jubal Early's raids during 1864. He retired from the Army in 1873 and moved to San Francisco where he set up and ran the first cable car company. He later relocated to New Jersey and spent his remaining years there. Doubleday was credited with inventing the game of baseball in 1839 at Cooperstown, a myth that has persisted even to this day. A statue was raised to him on the Gettysburg Battlefield. His works include Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-61 (1875) and Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (1882).

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