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Chancellorsville and Gettysburg [NOOK Book]

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Abner Doubleday (1819-1893) had one of the lengthiest Civil War resumes and an influence that made him worthy of national recognition. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening fight of the war, and he played a pivotal role on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, taking command of the I Corps early on the morning of July 1, 1863 after General John Reynolds was killed. Doubleday also led a division at South Mountain and then at Antietam, where he was injured ...
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Chancellorsville and Gettysburg

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Overview

Abner Doubleday (1819-1893) had one of the lengthiest Civil War resumes and an influence that made him worthy of national recognition. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening fight of the war, and he played a pivotal role on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, taking command of the I Corps early on the morning of July 1, 1863 after General John Reynolds was killed. Doubleday also led a division at South Mountain and then at Antietam, where he was injured during deadly fighting in the Cornfield and the West Woods. One colonel described him as a "gallant officer ... remarkably cool and at the very front of battle", and his personal character was so admired among the rank-and-file that one of his men humorously asserted, "He is deficient considerably in the requisites of a commander. He does not drink whiskey...stays with his command and seems anxious to do his duty and fight Rebels....He also allows his wife to stay with him when he ought to keep a mistress."

Despite his Civil War service, few people remember Abner Doubleday for his military career today, and it has basically been relegated to the status of historical footnote. Instead, Doubleday has become the inadvertent beneficiary of the myth that he invented baseball, and he is almost universally remembered for that claim. In conjunction, the widespread belief that Doubleday invented baseball resulted in his hometown of Cooperstown, New York becoming home of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. This is all in spite of the fact that Doubleday never claimed to have invented the game much less said anything of note about it, which should come as no surprise since baseball was so commonplace by then that it was a popular game played in army camps among Civil War soldiers on both sides.

In this work, he discusses the pivotal battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, fought in May 1863 and July 1863 respectively.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000753880
  • Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 332,754
  • File size: 539 KB

Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher, who wrote the introduction for this edition, is the author of a biography of Stephen Dodson Ramseur, and has edited a number of books on the Civil War, including Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    Great first-hand account of the battles

    I love first-person accounts of Civil War battles, because you can get in-depth into one person's perspective rather than a broad overview written by a historian. I liked the fact that Doubleday didn't pull any punches either - he let you know where he thought certain things went wrong and who he thought was responsible.

    The difficult thing with first-person accounts like this is that they are always so detailed in terms of the alignment of regiments, brigades, corps, etc. and they almost always lack adequate maps, so unless you have an intimate knowledge of the battlefield they are talking about, it can be very difficult to follow what happened. I've been to Gettysburg a lot (actually lived there for a time), so I have a pretty good feel for the landscape, but even then it was hard to keep up with some of the movements described in the book. I'm really looking forward to going back to the battlefield and taking this book with me and reading parts of it while I'm standing in the field so I can visualize what happened. (The book is pretty compact, so that's good too cause it won't be a pain to lug around.) I'm really looking forward to heading out to McPherson's Ridge and Seminary Ridge and taking another look at the first day's battle. That's where Doubleday was heavily involved and his descriptions of what took place are really good.

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