By Thomas Barthel
Whereas Abner Doubleday is remembered essentially for his "invention" of baseball, this biography specializes in his accountability to his country. Following Doubleday's formative years in Auburn, big apple, to his days as a cadet at West aspect, the general's involvement within the American Civil warfare, and his public provider afterwards, he's portrayed the following as a guy who took unpopular stands yet used to be guided by way of a company imaginative and prescient of justice.
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It is his plainness that many historians have seized upon. In early 1843, a trip to regimental headquarters at Fort Moultrie, in Charleston, South Carolina, became necessary so that Doubleday could sit on the court martial of some prisoners. He set sail with the prisoners and guards 2. Career at West Point, 1838 –1845 23 on the brigantine George, arriving on March 21. The contrast between the backwater Fort Johnson and the vibrant, bustling Charleston delighted the young ofﬁcer, as did the opportunity to meet with old and young ofﬁcers alike.
Later in October 1845, as shipments of regulars continued to arrive from all over the country, Taylor’s forces swelled to nearly 4,000 men, including volunteers from New Orleans. The Regular Army at the time counted 7,365 men. For the next six months, tactical drilling, horse breaking, and parades broke up the monotony at the big camp on the Nueces. Still, the time was well-spent, Doubleday thought: “The ofﬁcers of the army were now brought together [and] gave rise to much esprit-de-corps ... ”3 These ofﬁcers included those in the First Artillery regiment in the Mexican War — Doubleday, A.
This unit, a new one in the army, was training at Fort McHenry, the fort that had become famous during the War of 1812 (a conﬂict in which Abner’s father Ulysses had fought). Serving in Baltimore only a short time, Doubleday was sent once more to Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor, where he became reacquainted with Sherman and Thomas. Abner also spent some time in his journal describing a rising star of the army, Braxton Bragg, a man who would solidify his status with his deeds in Mexico ten years hence.
Abner Doubleday. A Civil War Biography by Thomas Barthel