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 Abner Doubleday

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Abner Doubleday Famous memorial

Birth
Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Death 26 Jan 1893 (aged 73)
Mendham, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 1, Site 61
Memorial ID 4830 View Source

Civil War Union Major General. An 1838 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, he is known today more for the myth that he invented Modern Baseball while a cadet at West Point than for his accomplishments as a Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War. On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 1, 1863), he began the day as the Senior Division Commander in the Army of the Potomac's I Corps. When I Corps Commander Major General John F. Reynolds was killed early in the fighting, General Doubleday took command of the troops in the field and held the Federal left flank during much of rest of the day's fighting. Although his troops were eventually pushed back to Cemetery Hill in retreat, he held the Confederates off long enough to allow substantial amounts of the Union Army come onto the scene of the battle and take strong defensive positions. Despite his performance under extreme conditions, he was not given credit for his defense and was replaced as Corps Commander at the end of the day.


Inscription

Plaque on back of tombstone reads:
HE WAS GRADUATED AT WEST POINT 1842
1846 MEXICAN WAR
1852 COMMISSIONER TO MEXICO
1854 INDIAN HOSTILITIES IN TEXAS
1856 INDIAN HOSTILITIES IN FLORIDA
1861-1865 WAR OF THE REBELLION
FORT SUMTER
GROVETON SECOND BULL RUN
SOUTH MOUNTAIN ANTIETAM
FREDERICKSBURG CHANCELLORSVILLE
GETTYSBURG
1863 TO 1865 PRESIDENT OF MILITARY COMMISSIONS
IN CONTINUOUS COMMAND UNTIL RETIRED


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 20 Mar 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 4830
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/4830/abner-doubleday : accessed ), memorial page for Abner Doubleday (26 Jun 1819–26 Jan 1893), Find a Grave Memorial ID 4830, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .