This reputation was not glamorous. Doubleday was posted to the garrison at Fort Moultrie at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1858, an assignment that had a huge influence on his military career.13 In the 1850s there was a huge split in the Army over slavery. [5] He was wounded in the neck on the second day of Gettysburg and received a brevet promotion to colonel in the regular army for his service. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. During the first day’s battle Doubleday’s troops suffered nearly 65 percent casualties, but also blunted the onslaught of troops under Confederate Generals Harry Heth and Robert Rodes.26, Doubleday believed he would assume command of the I Corps, but the commander of the Army of the Potomac, George Meade, gave the command to John Newton. But some people clearly thought otherwise. Doubleday was humiliated by this snub and held a lasting grudge against Meade, but he returned to division command and fought well for the remainder of the battle. His maternal grandfather was a messenger for George Washington in the early years of the Revolution. While Abner Doubleday was no doubt a stand-up guy, one of the claims on a New York State historical marker outside his birthplace in Ballston Spa is most certainly untrue. Doubleday was a cadet at West Point in the year of the alleged invention and his family had moved away from Cooperstown the prior year. In 1858 he was transferred to Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor serving under Colonel John L. Gardner. Research on Gumpert’s work was provided by Mark Pattison. Perhaps this part of the fable involved a case of mistaken identity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War and the Civil War. [17], Doubleday Field is a 9,791-seat baseball stadium named for Abner Doubleday, located in Cooperstown, New York, near the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gumpert’s work on Doubleday supplies much of this biography. If Doubleday were still alive he would likely wonder why his name is connected with baseball and not with his participation in the Civil War battles including Fort Sumter, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.38. [9] At Fredericksburg in December 1862, his division mostly sat idle. While the modern rules of baseball were formulated in New York during the 1840s, it was the scattering of New Yorkers exposed to these rules throughout the country, that spread not only baseball, but also the "New York Rules", thereby harmonizing the rules, and being a catalyst for its growth. By the third year of the Civil War, Doubleday was a reliable general and his biographer Thomas Barthel describes him this way: “He has never been given credit he deserves for his actions in the Civil War or later because he was not one of the boys. When two of the founders of that society, Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott, moved to India at the end of that year, he was constituted as the president of the American body. )[8] His men were routed when they encountered Major General James Longstreet's corps, but by the following day, August 30, he took command of the division when Hatch was wounded, and he led his men to cover the retreat of the Union Army. Doubleday assumed administrative duties in the defenses of Washington, D.C., where he was in charge of courts martial, which gave him legal experience that he used after the war. He was stationed in San Francisco from 1869 through 1871 and he took out a patent for the cable car railway that still runs there, receiving a charter for its operation, but signing away his rights when he was reassigned. Doubleday, who died in 1898 at age 73, is buried at Arlington National … [5], Doubleday was promoted to major on May 14, 1861, and commanded the Artillery Department in the Shenandoah Valley from June to August, and then the artillery for Major General Nathaniel Banks's division of the Army of the Potomac. He was born on June 26, 1819, in Ballston Spa, N.Y. His body was taken to Arlington National Cemetery where he was buried. His men fought well in the morning, putting up a stout resistance, but as overwhelming Confederate forces massed against them, their line eventually broke and they retreated back through the town of Gettysburg to the relative safety of Cemetery Hill south of town. 17 Gumpert, Doubleday; Genealogytrails.com, West Point bios 1842 class. His maternal grandfather Thomas Donnelly joined the army at 14 and was a mounted messenger for George Washington. Abner Doubleday, born one of three sons to Ulysses and Hester Doubleday on June 26, 1819, in Ballston Spa, N.Y., was schooled at Auburn and Cooperstown, N.Y. Doubleday planned a career in civil engineering, but in 1838 he was appointed to West Point. Abner Doubleday, (born June 26, 1819, Ballston Spa, N.Y., U.S.—died Jan. 26, 1893, Mendham, N.J.), U.S. Army officer, once thought to be the inventor of baseball. Mary died on March 13, 1907. Abner Doubleday was an American general who was an important member of the Theosophical Society in its earliest years. Frank Doubleday, founder of the Doubleday publishing empire, was also a distant cousin. Abner Demas was born about six miles north in Pierstown in March 1829,[fn]Record for Abner Demas Doubleday at www.familysearch.org . The house of his birth still stands in the middle of town and there is a monument to him on Front Street. 20 Rufus R. Dawes, Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (Marietta, Ohio: E.R. After the Civil War, Doubleday mustered out of the volunteer service on August 24, 1865, reverted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, and became the colonel of the 35th U.S. Infantry in September 1867. His first combat assignment was to lead the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, III Corps of the Army of Virginia during the Northern Virginia Campaign. [4] He aimed the cannon that fired the first return shot in answer to the Confederate bombardment on April 12, 1861. Fort Moultrie had been abandoned after South Carolina seceded, and its garrison was moved to Fort Sumter. His troops fought in the Second Battle of Manassas August 29-30, then in the Battle of South Mountain in Maryland on September 14. [10], Doubleday's staff nicknamed him "Forty-Eight Hours" as a compliment to recognize his tendency to avoid reckless or impulsive actions and his thoughtfulness and deliberateness in considering circumstances and possible responses. "[13], However, there is considerable evidence to dispute this claim. Captain Abner Doubleday was born at Ballston Spa, New York, in 1819, and attended schools at Auburn and Cooperstown. His paternal grandfather, Abner Doubleday fought in the American Revolutionary War while his maternal grandfather Thomas Donnelly also served in the army as a moun… Hatch. Doubleday served in the Mexican War and, during the 1850s, in a campaign against the Seminole Indians in Florida. During his first year he stood 30th out of 85 plebes. He attended school at Auburn and Cooperstown, where he prepared for a career in civil engineering. “I was brought up in a book store and early imbibed a taste for reading. In 1905 Abraham G. Mills was appointed by Albert G. Spalding to head a commission to determine when and where baseball began. [7] He retired in 1873. Phone: 602.496.1460 555 N. Central Ave. #416 Doubleday was transferred to command the garrison at Fort Hamilton in New York.17. Doubleday, who died in 1898 at age 73, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Section 1, Grave 61, very close to the James Tanner Amphitheater. Doubleday grew up in Auburn and attended the Cooperstown Classical and Military Academy, studying civil engineering before he was appointed to West Point in 1838. So what about Abner Doubleday’s “invention” of baseball? Some historians make the argument that he kept Cemetery Ridge as part of the Federal lines during the first day’s fighting. [5], Doubleday again led the division, now assigned to the I Corps of the Army of the Potomac, after South Mountain, where Hatch was wounded again. Mills had been president of the National League from 1882 to 1884. Another prominent member was Thomas A. [6] He formally requested reinstatement as I Corps commander, but Meade refused, and Doubleday left Gettysburg on July 7 for Washington. 6 Tim Arango, “Myth of Baseball’s Creation Endures, With a Prominent Fan,” New York Times, November 20, 2010. Unfortunately for that Abner Doubleday, his unearned fame was swept under the carpet and attributed for many years to another man by the same name. There, Doubleday was second in command to Major Robert Anderson, who was from Kentucky and was from a slave-owning family. Abner Doubleday, died 1812 Abner Doubleday 1812 Abner Doubleday was born on date , at birth place , to Elisha Doubleday and Hannah Doubleday (born Bayley) . He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. Doubleday never forgave Meade, and his career with the Army of the Potomac was over.27 Allen C. Guelzo, in Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, writes, “The written update (General John) Hancock sent back to Meade from Gettysburg included a brief statement – “Howard says that Doubleday’s command gave way” – which became fixed in Meade’s mind as proof that Doubleday had lost all control of I Corps and somehow caused the collapse of both the I and the XI Corps. / Died: 26 January 1893: How many years did Abner Doubleday live? Doubleday’s first combat came during the Mexican War. Died 26 Jan 1893 in Mendham, New Jersey. He died there in the autumn of 1926. Baseball historian George B. Kirsch has described the results of the Mills Commission as a "myth". The character organizes the first game of baseball between the six main characters and a group of Chinese immigrants, creating the rules as he goes, primarily to allow him to win. In the mini-series "North and South" George Hazzard is seen watching a primitive form of baseball with a wounded Orry Main, while referring to the game being invented by Doubleday, a fellow West Point cadet. During World War II, the liberty ship SS Abner Doubleday was named in his honor. It does explain, however, why the Baseball Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, NY (as in the first game was supposedly there). He attended West Point, and graduated in 1842 with a commission in the artillery. Emily Gumpert assisted with this project as well. No one felt it important that Graves was 5 years old in 1839 and Doubleday was already at West Point. [/fn] and so would have been 11 years old in spring 1840. He lives in Olathe, Kansas, with his wife, Judy. Doubleday had a number of West Point classmates who served in the Civil War, including John Newton and John Pope. Phoenix, AZ 85004 Doubleday fired the Union’s first cannon shot but the shot did no damage and on April 14 Fort Sumter surrendered. He graduated in 1842, 24th in a class of 56 cadets, and was commissioned a brevet second lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Doubleday Scrapbook. / Lived: 73 years: Zodiac sign: Cancer: Abner Doubleday facts. This is where Abner Doubleday and baseball were linked for the only time. Civil War Academy 2019-06 … They are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.34. In both battles Doubleday’s men acquitted themselves well.18, South Mountain was the precursor to Antietam, the bloodiest one-day battle of the war. It concluded by saying, "in the years to come, in the view of the hundreds of thousands of people who are devoted to baseball, and the millions who will be, Abner Doubleday's fame will rest evenly, if not quite as much, upon the fact that he was its inventor ... as upon his brilliant and distinguished career as an officer in the Federal Army. [4] While in Washington, Doubleday remained a loyal Republican and staunch supporter of President Abraham Lincoln. The man once thought to have invented baseball was a United States Army officer named Abner Doubleday. Army and a general for the Union during the Civil War. At his death, Doubleday left many letters and papers, none of which describe baseball or give any suggestion that he considered himself a prominent person in the evolution of the game, and his New York Times obituary did not mention the game at all. That, coupled with the dubious conclusion that baseball had no connection to any foreign game, gave the owners the ammunition they needed to promote baseball as the national pastime.”36, While that helped the owners and eventually led to establishment of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the claims of the Mills Commission were spurious and based on evidence that today would not stand up in any court. [citation needed], In 2004, the Abner Doubleday Society erected a monument to Doubleday in Iron Spring Park, Ballston Spa, near his birthplace.[25]. He subsequently referred to himself as the "hero of Sumter" for this role. [21], Doubleday Field at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where the Army Black Knights play at Johnson Stadium, is named in Doubleday's honor.[22]. Doubleday rode with Lincoln on the train to Gettysburg for the Gettysburg Address and Col. and Mrs. Doubleday attended events with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in Washington. Doubleday was born in Ballston Spa, New York in 1819 and worked as a surveyor for railroads before attending the US Military Academy at West Point. [18] It hosted the annual Hall of Fame Game, an exhibition game between two major league teams that was played from 1940 until 2008. … Seen not as a foolhardy soldier but as a steadfast one, many times in the future Doubleday would be asked to anchor a line and protect the flank of a large body of soldiers. Civil War Union Major General. His father fought in the War of 1812, serving at the naval facility at Sacketts Harbor in New York.3 He returned to Auburn, New York, after the war. "[5] He was wounded when an artillery shell exploded near his horse, throwing him to the ground in a violent fall. Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac. For the morale of the men, he is said to have provisioned balls and bats for the men. Doubleday was a supporter of abolition and voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1860.14 Most other officers either supported slavery or supported variations between state’s rights or other alternatives in support or opposition to slavery. But Doubleday was not a man to worry about his appearance; rather, his concern would be his obligations to the men in his command.”21. He does have one valid link to baseball -- Hall of Famer Wade Boggs is Abner Doubleday's seventh cousin. [11] In recent years, biographers have turned the nickname into an insult, incorrectly claiming "Forty-Eight Hours" was coined to highlight Doubleday's supposed incompetence and slowness to act.[11]. [2][3], Doubleday, the son of Ulysses F. Doubleday and Hester Donnelly, was born in Ballston Spa, New York, in a small house on the corner of Washington and Fenwick streets. A sign at the Doubleday Hill Monument, erected in Williamsport, Maryland to commemorate Doubleday's occupation of a hill there during the Civil War, claims he invented the game in 1835. He was not glamorous. In a letter to his wife he discussed the battle: “The most awful battle of the War occurred yesterday. He died in 1893 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He died on January 26, 1893. [5], At the start of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, Doubleday's division was the second infantry division on the field to reinforce the cavalry division of Brigadier General John Buford. His last-year scores were 26th in Engineering; 29th in Ethics; 30th in Infantry Tactics; 32nd in Artillery; and 32nd in Mineralogy and Geology. He died on January 26, 1893 at Medham, New Jersey. 36 David W. Anderson, More than Merkle: A History of the Best and Most Exciting Baseball Season in Human History (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000, xxvii. By the start of the Civil War, he was a captain and second in command in the garrison at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. [20], The Auburn Doubledays are a minor league baseball team based in Doubleday's hometown of Auburn, New York. Doubleday died in 1893, long after baseball had become a professional sport of national scope, so if he had invented it, you figure he or someone who knew him would’ve said at … He was an official scorer for the New Yankees but was also involved in the Baseball Writers Association of America. Alderman, 1890), 115. Mary died on March 13, 1907. [7], Doubleday initially served in coastal garrisons and then in the Mexican–American War from 1846 to 1848 and the Seminole Wars from 1856 to 1858. Abner Doubleday was born to Ulysses F. Doubleday and Hester Donnelly, in Ballston Spa, New York, on 26th June 1819. It is possible Abner Doubleday really did play a game of Town Ball in the late 1830s in Cooperstown, as this was a common game and there would have been nothing unique about a young man playing a version of it, but he certainly didn’t do it in 1839. They had no children. 3 Thomas Barthel, Abner Doubleday: A Civil War Biography (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc., 2010), 7-8. 1 Letter to Bert Gumpert (1899-1978) from Alan C. Aimone, military history librarian, US Military Academy Library, February 17, 1977. In his sophomore year Doubleday scored third in Drawing; 21st in Mathematics; 29th in English Grammar and 46th in French. In short, the Army’s stance toward slavery was as divided as it was in the rest of the country. 22Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013), 224. 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There was another Abner Doubleday, a cousin of the general. Abner Doubleday is the mythical \"inventor\" of baseball. Bert Gumpert was an official scorer for the New York Yankees and a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. According to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Doubleday’s activities involved mapping the Everglades and the areas that became the cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, plus planning for roads and swamp drainage.12. Doubleday spent much of his time writing. Civil War Union Army Officer. He served until he was honorably mustered out on January 16, 1865. Gen. Rufus King, was incapacitated by an epileptic seizure at the time. … Luckily I was hit squarely by the smooth round surface. Major Anderson remained in the Union Army, and Doubleday remarked that he was in a cruel situation.16, The Southerners opened fire on Sumter during the early morning hours of April 12, and Anderson offered only token resistance. At Chancellorsville in May 1863, the division was kept in reserve. Artillery. The family all slept in the attic loft of the one-room house. When his corps commander, Major General John F. Reynolds, was killed very early in the fighting, Doubleday found himself in command of the corps at 10:50 am. The mythology remains strong today, but most serious baseball historians believe the game comes from England and other ball and bat games in prehistory.6. Cronkite School at ASU When did Abner Doubleday die? [23], Mendham Borough and Mendham Township, New Jersey has held a municipal holiday known as "Abner Doubleday Day" for numerous years in the General's honor[24] and commissioned a plaque near the site of his home in the borough in 1998, even though the borough was known as Mendham Township back then. The ostensible reason was a false report by XI Corps commander Major General Oliver O. 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