Two CDVs of General Abner Doubleday, Distinguished by Service at Fort Sumter and Gettysburg

Lot of 2 CDVs featuring Abner Doubleday, including one vignetted profile bust portrait of the general in uniform. JW Everett & Co.: New York, NY; and one full standing view of the general wearing a double-breasted frock coat and posed with one hand tucked inside his coat. Uncredited.

Abner Doubleday (1819-1893) is best known as the father of baseball -- a dubious claim -- but his military career is noteworthy in itself. A veteran of the Mexican War and Seminole Wars, he began the Civil War as captain and second-in-command to Maj. Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter, and credited himself with aiming the first Union artillery shot of the war. Promoted to brigadier general of volunteers in February 1862, Doubleday effectively led a brigade at Brawner's farm and was praised for his calm leadership in the heat of the battle at Antietam, where he was wounded, resulting in a brevet to lieutenant colonel in the regular army and major general of volunteers. At Gettysburg, Doubleday was forced to take command of I Corps after the death of Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, and reports as to the effectiveness of his leadership varied widely. General Meade had little confidence in Doubleday and replaced him with a subordinate for the second day of fighting, leading to a lifelong feud between the two. Doubleday nonetheless fought and was wounded in the neck, resulting in a further brevet to colonel in the regular army, but left field service a few days after Gettysburg to serve in an administrative position in Washington, where he and his wife became close friends with the Lincolns. After the war, he served in California and Texas with the 35th and 24th US Infantry (a Buffalo Soldier regiment), respectively, until his retirement in 1873.


Vignetted bust profile portrait with surface soil and spotting (especially spots of discoloration to verso), wear to edges and corners, and pencil identification to verso. Full standing portrait clipped along upper edge (into a rounded shape), with surface soil, spotting, wear to edges and corners, and pencil identification on mount recto and ink identification on verso.  

Estimate: $300 - $500
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