General Abner Doubleday
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery
Taken from Find-a-Grave
Abner Doubleday, more famous for the canard that he originated the game of baseball than for his military career, was born at Ballston Spa, New York, June 26, 1819. His grandfather was a soldier of the American Revolution; his father was a two-term Congressman from New York; both of his brothers became volunteer colonels in the Civil War. Young Doubleday was graduated from West Point in 1842, ranking in the middle of a class which included such future Confederate celebrities as Gustavus W. Smith, A. P. Stewart, D. H. Hill, R. H. Anderson, Lafayette McLaws, Earl Van Dorn, and James Longstreet. Promotion was slow in the artillery branch to which he had been appointed and he was awarded no brevets in Mexico, where he served faithfully; in the spring of 1861 he was in garrison in the harbor of Charleston, where he is said to have aimed the first gun to reply to the Confederate batteries. After some service in the Shenandoah, following the surrender of Fort Sumter, Doubleday was made a brigadier of volunteers and assigned to a brigade of Irvin McDowell's corps during the campaign of Second Manassas. At Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg he commanded a division of the I Corps. In reserve at Chancellorsville, his command's greatest performance seemed to come at Gettysburg upon the collision of the leading elements of the Army of Northern Virginia with those of the Union I Corps. After the fall of General John F. Reynolds, Doubleday assumed command of the corps and was driven, along with Howard's XI Corps, through town and to the low hills beyond, where the ultimate Federal line was located on the order of Winfield S. Hancock. Distrusting Doubleday's ability to assume the initiative with celerity (he was nicknamed "Forty-eight Hours"), George G. Meade assigned the temporary corps command to John Newton, Doubleday's old classmate. Doubleday held no further active command in the field and for the rest of the war was on duty in Washington. Brevetted major general for his service in 1865, he became colonel of the 35th Infantry in 1867 and was retired in 1873. In 1876, Doubleday published his Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-61. He made his residence in Mendham, New Jersey, where he died on January 26, 1893. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.