Abner Doubleday Facts

Abner Doubleday Facts
Abner Doubleday was a general for the Union during the Civil War. He fired the first shot for the Union as it defended Fort Sumter in April 1861. Despite history crediting him with inventing baseball, that is just a myth and he never took any credit for inventing the game.
Interesting Abner Doubleday Facts:
Doubleday was born in Ballston Spa, New York on June 26, 1819. He spent his childhood in upstate New York.
Doubleday's grandfather was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and his father served in the War of 1812.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point in 1842. He was made a second lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery.
On March 3, 1847, Doubleday was promoted to first lieutenant, following the Battle of Buena Vista.
Doubleday was in the Third Seminole War in Florida from 1856 to 1858. From there, he was stationed in Fort Moultrie, South Carolina.
He was at Fort Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861, when the Confederates fired the first shots of the Civil War. Doubleday fired a cannon ball in return, the first shot from the Union of the war.
Doubleday was promoted to major on May 14, 1861. He initially served under Major General Robert Patterson in the Shenandoah Valley.
He was given command in the 2nd Brigade under Major General John Pope's Army of Virginia in 1862. His troops saw action at Brawner's Farm near the Second Battle of Bull Run.
After a transfer to the Army of the Potomac, Doubleday fought with the I Corps at the Battle of South Mountain.
Doubleday had been given command of I Corps but was replaced by Major General John Newton following a false report about his command. After Doubleday was wounded in the neck, he asked for his command back but Major General George Meade refused his request.
Doubleday left the Army and returned to Washington, D.C. While there, he was given administrative duties, such as participating in court martial hearings.
After the Civil War, Doubleday stayed in the Army and was eventually promoted to colonel.
Doubleday was stationed in San Francisco after the war. While there, he was given a cable car patent and opened the first cable car company in the city.
In 1871, he took command of the African American 24th Infantry, stationed in Texas.
He died in Mendham, New Jersey on January 26, 1893. Doubleday was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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