Abner Doubleday

A Civil War Biography

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About the Book

While Abner Doubleday is remembered primarily, and mistakenly, for having “invented” baseball (he did not), it was his selfless exercise of duty to his nation that should be honored. Following his youth in Auburn, New York, and his days as a cadet at West Point to the Union general’s involvement in the American Civil War and his public service afterwards, he is revealed in this biography as a man who took unpopular stands but was guided by a firm vision of justice. One chapter fully explores the baseball myth.

About the Author(s)

Thomas Barthel is Professor Emeritus from the State University of New York, and has written seven books. He lives in Clinton, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Thomas Barthel
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 283
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4561-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5616-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Foreword by Edward G. Longacre      1

Preface      3

Introduction      5

1. Doubleday as a Young Man      7

2. Career at West Point, 1838–1845      17

3. The Mexican War      25

4. Texas and the Gardiner Affair, 1852–1856      42

5. The Seminole War, 1856–1859      49

6. The Hero of Sumter      55

7. The Army of the Shenandoah      77

8. Doubleday and Runaway Slaves      86

9. The Occupation of Fredericksburg, Virginia      89

10. The Battle of Groveton      93

11. The Battle of Second Bull Run      102

12. The Battle of South Mountain      107

13. The Battle of Antietam      112

14. After Antietam      118

15. The Battle of Fredericksburg      120

16. After Fredericksburg      126

17. The Battle of Chancellorsville      131

18. Gettysburg, Day One      137

19. Gettysburg, Day Two      156

20. Gettysburg, Day Three      161

21. After the Battle of Gettysburg      169

22. July to December, 1863      172

23. March 1864 to Retirement in 1873      180

24. Life After Military Service      196

25. Debunking the Doubleday Baseball Myth      221

Appendix: Historian’s Views of Doubleday at Gettysburg      245

Chapter Notes      249

Bibliography      257

Index      267

Book Reviews & Awards

“Barthel takes the reader through Doubleday’s remarkable military career. The book is a good overview of Doubleday”—Blue & Gray Magazine; “wow!”—The Lone Star.