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Abner Doubleday Facts
June 26, 1819 Ballston Spa, New York
January 26, 1893 Mendham, New Jersey
Years Of Service
35th U. S. Infantry
24th U. S. Infantry
American Civil War
American Indian Wars
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Abner Doubleday summary: Abner Doubleday was an officer of the US Army and a general for the Union during the Civil War. He was born in the state of New York in Ballston Spa. His family had a military tradition as his paternal grandfather also fought in the Revolutionary War while his maternal grandfather started his army career at the age of 14 and served as a mountain messenger for General George Washington. Doubleday spent most of his childhood between Auburn and Cooperstown. Before entering the US Military Academy, he was a civil engineer and surveyor for close to two years. Doubleday started his career during the Mexican-American war and eventually the Seminole War and the Civil War.
Abner Doubleday In The Civil War
Doubleday is known for firing the first shot for the Union during the Confederate Bombardment which took place on April of 1861. In 1861 he was promoted to major and eventually went to Shenandoah Valley where he commanded the artillery department. In 1862, he became the brigadier general of volunteers and was eventually assigned to serve in Northern Virginia when the army of the Potomac was involved in the Peninsula Campaign. The first actual combat assignment for Doubleday was as the leader of the second brigade during the Northern Virginia Campaign. He served in Gettysburg where he found that he was in command after John F. Reynolds died during the early part of the fight. Doubleday eventually took on administrative duties in Washington D.C. He took some legal experience from his new position because he was in charge of court’s marshal. Doubleday eventually became one of the biggest supporters of President Lincoln. In fact, he was with the president in the train ride that led to the Gettysburg Address.
Abner Doubleday After The Civil War
After the Civil War, Doubleday became colonel of the 35th infantry for the US. Doubleday is now buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
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Savage Skirmish Near Sharpsburg
By Scott Hosier
With Robert E. Lee's wily Confederates waiting somewhere in the vicinity of Antietam Creek, Union General George McClellan ordered I Corps commander Joseph Hooker to advance and turn the Rebel flank. But McClellan, …
Carnage in a Cornfield
By Robert C. Cheeks
Mr. Miller's humble cornfield near Antietam Creek became the unlikely setting for perhaps the worst fighting of the entire Civil War.
On Sunday night, September 14, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee …
Whether hidden in coffins or hollowed-out watermelons, contraband whiskey regularly found its way into camp.
During the Civil War, as with all wars, excessive drinking was not limited to high-ranking officers. Humble men in the ranks also turned to alcohol …
VOICES FROM THE STANDS
In our February issue, we asked readers to send us their thoughts on baseball and its connection to the Civil War. Here is a sampling of what we received.
All men have a hidden desire to …
A MAN OF TWO TRADES
SUBMITTED BY DAVID A. WELKER AND F. WILLIAM SPANGENBERG, CENTREVILLE, VIRGINIA
NAME: William Findlay Rogers
DATES: March 1, 1820 to December 16, 1899
HIGHEST RANK: Brevet brigadier general
UNIT: 21st New York Infantry…
The first Vermonter to enlist in the war,
Union General George Stannard
helped turn the tide at Gettysburg.
By Anthony Buono
The third day of the Battle of Gettysburg was hot and humid. The battlefield, littered with thousands of dead …
Mission to Relieve Fort Sumter
By John D. Pelzer
For three long months, Major Robert Anderson and his besieged troops waited forreinforcements at Fort Sumter. Back in Washington, Union navalofficer Gustavus Foxraced against time to organize just such a mission.…