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Captain Abner Doubleday

 
 
Captain Abner Doubeday Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 28, 2013
1. Captain Abner Doubeday Marker
Inscription.
Captain Abner Doubleday
Major General, United States Army

Born on June 26, 1819 in Ballston Spa, N.Y. he resided in his childhood at a home located at the corner of Washington and Fenwick, a few blocks from here.

He attended schools at Auburn and Cooperstown, NY. He was an 1842 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY with a commission in the artillery. Doubleday served in the Mexican War under General (and later President) Zachary Taylor. In 1856, he fought against the Seminole Indians in Florida.

In 1861, he was assigned to Fort Sumter Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. On April 12, 1861 he is credited with having shot the Union's first shot to defend the fort. He led troops at the second battle of Bull Run; as well as the battles at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg, he took command of the First Corps of the Army of the Potomac when Maj. Gen. John J. Reynolds was killed, fending off a vastly superior Confederate Army under Lee, enabling the Union Army to hold a commanding position on the "High Ground" immediately south of Gettysburg, thereafter.

Abner Doubleday's other accomplishments include the belief that he "devised" baseball at Cooperstown, New York in 1839. After the Civil War, he developed
Abner Doubleday grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2000
2. Abner Doubleday grave marker
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Section 1, Grave 61.
the first cable operated trolley car in San Francisco, CA.

In later years, he relocated to Mendham, NJ where he died on January 26, 1893. He is buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.

This monument dedicated June 26, 2004 as a gift from the Abner Doubleday Society, LTD.

[Plaque on the back side of the monument facing away from the street]
1842 Graduate of West Point

1846 Mexican War
1854 Indian Hostilities in Texas
1856 Indian Hostility in Florida

1861-1865 Civil War

Fort Sumter

Groveton, Second Bull Run

South Mountain, Antietam

Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,

Gettysburg

1863 to 1865 President of
Military Commissions
In Continuous Command
Until Retired


 
Erected 2004 by Abner Doubleday Society.
 
Location. 43° 0.142′ N, 73° 51.218′ W. Marker is in Ballston Spa, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Front Street near Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The monument is beside the side walk, near the spring pavilion in Iron Spring Park, and opposite Court Street and at the end of Front Street. Marker is in this post office area: Ballston Spa NY 12020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Abner Doubleday-close up of plaque on grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2000
3. Abner Doubleday-close up of plaque on grave marker
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Here in 1800 / Here in 1900 (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Abner Doubleday (approx. 0.2 miles away); Malta Drive-In Signs (approx. 3.2 miles away); Wiggins – Collamer (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ballston Site Of (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stephen White (approx. 3.7 miles away); Dunning Street Rural Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ballston Spa.
 
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Captain Abner Doubeday Marker, in Iron Spring Park image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 20, 2013
4. Captain Abner Doubeday Marker, in Iron Spring Park
Captain Abner Doubeday Marker, Reverse Side image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 28, 2013
5. Captain Abner Doubeday Marker, Reverse Side
Captain Abner Doubeday Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 20, 2013
6. Captain Abner Doubeday Marker
Abner Doubeday image. Click for full size.
By Mathew Brady, circa 1861/65
7. Abner Doubeday
Birthplace of Abner Doubeday image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 20, 2013
8. Birthplace of Abner Doubeday
Doubleday House, corner of Fenwick and Washington in Ballston Spa. Constructed in 1804, it was planned as the laundry house for the Sans Souci Hotel but built as a duplex. Doubleday lived in this house while his father, Ulysses, published two newspapers, the Saratoga Courier and Saratoga Republican.
 
 
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