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Abner Doubleday

Born: Jun 26, 1819

Death: Jan 26, 1893

Birthplace: Ballston Spa

Nationality: United States

Abner Doubleday

Date of Birth : Jun 26, 1819
Date of Death : Jan 26, 1893
Birth Place : Ballston Spa

Abner Doubleday 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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