Abner Doubleday

Abner Doubleday
1819 - 1893

Abner Doubleday  American


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First Name Abner
Last Name Doubleday
Age 73 (age at death) years
Birthday 26th June, 1819
Birthplace Ballston Spa, New York
Died 26th January, 1893
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Nationality American

Abner Doubleday (June 26, 1819 – January 26, 1893) was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War. 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. Gettysburg was his finest hour, but his relief by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade caused lasting enmity between the two men. In San Francisco, after the war, he obtained a patent on the cable car railway that still runs there. In his final years in New Jersey, he was a prominent member and later president of the Theosophical Society. Doubleday has been historically credited with inventing baseball, although this appears to be untrue.

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