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Abner Doubleday, Albumen carte de visite, Signature

The (Alleged) Father of Baseball Signs His Picture!


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Abner Doubleday signs this albumen carte de visite.

Doubleday was famous as the supposed inventor of baseball (he was not), but more importantly as an eyewitness to the events at Fort Sumter in 1861. In 1863 he commanded a division of the Union I Corps at the Battle of Gettysburg, and on 1 July, 1863 took command of the corps when his commander, Major General John F, Reynolds was killed. The new commander of the Army of the Potomac, George G. Meade, later superseded Doubleday with General John Newton, possibly because Doubleday’s Republican political convictions.

A vivid image from life with a bold inscription. A terrific presentation piece.

Autograph Signature of Doubleday, Abner (Major General, USV; assumed command of I Corps at Gettysburg after J. F. Reynolds was killed, on Albumen carte de visite photograph signed “Compliments of / A. Doubleday / Major General” , back mark of C. D. Frederick and Co., NY.

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