1. Abner practiced as a surveyor and civil engineer for two years before
entering the United States Military Academy in 1838, from which he graduated in
1842, 24th in a class of 56 cadets, and was commissioned a brevet second
lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery.
2. Doubleday initially served in coastal garrisons and then in the
Mexican-American War from 1846 to 1848 and the Seminole Wars from 1856 to 1858.
3. Doubleday assumed mostly administrative duties in the defenses of
Washington, D.C., where his only return to combat was directing a portion of the
defenses against the attack by Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early in the Valley
Campaigns of 1864.
4. Also while in Washington, Doubleday testified against George Meade at the
United States Congress Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, criticizing
him harshly over his conduct of the Battle of Gettysburg.
5. After the Civil War, Doubleday mustered out of the volunteer service on
August 24, 1865, reverted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, and became the
colonel of the 35th U.S. Infantry in September 1867. He was stationed in San
Francisco from 1869 through 1871.
6. He took out a patent for the cable car railway that still runs there,
receiving a charter for its operation, but signing away his rights when he was
7. The lore of baseball credits Doubleday with inventing the game, supposedly
in Elihu Phinney's cow pasture in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
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