By Thomas Barthel
Whereas Abner Doubleday is remembered essentially for his "invention" of baseball, this biography specializes in his accountability to his kingdom. Following Doubleday's formative years in Auburn, long island, to his days as a cadet at West element, the general's involvement within the American Civil struggle, and his public carrier afterwards, he's portrayed right here as a guy who took unpopular stands yet was once guided by way of a company imaginative and prescient of justice.
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Steamboats brought the mountain of supplies up the Rio Grande. Doubleday had been warned that he and his 20 men were liable to be attacked by a “considerable body” of Mexicans from 150 miles south at San Fernando. When Lieutenant Doubleday communicated this threat to General Taylor, several regiments of volunteers were sent at once. ”9 They bragged about pilfering stores in other places, with impunity. An ofﬁcer in charge of these volunteers often had to depend on their votes back home, and so was disinclined to rein them in.
On June 14, 1848, Doubleday’s battery was ordered back into Texas. There he was given another duty that was not particularly glamorous. After leaving their artillery pieces back at Camargo in Mexico— the war was still not ofﬁcially over — the new ﬁrst lieutenant and his friends returned to Fort Brown in Brownsville on the shores of the Rio Grande. It was back at Fort Brown that Abner was reunited with his older brother, Thomas, who was going to travel 40 ABNER DOUBLEDAY through Mexico to the gold ﬁelds in California.
Because Doubleday was not, to his mind, reckless, he found that unhurried judgments led not only to excellent results, but also avoided having his men panic. If he and his command were calm under the pressures of war, then this taught him to continue to behave in his duties in deliberate fashion. Deliberate means not only unhasty, but, in its sense as a verb, to consider carefully. The Army’s high command appreciated Doubleday’s performance, and he was promoted to ﬁrst lieutenant of the 1st Artillery on March 5, 1847.
Abner Doubleday. A Civil War Biography by Thomas Barthel