By Thomas Barthel
Whereas Abner Doubleday is remembered basically for his "invention" of baseball, this biography specializes in his responsibility to his kingdom. Following Doubleday's formative years in Auburn, long island, to his days as a cadet at West aspect, the general's involvement within the American Civil conflict, 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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For this task, the new ofﬁcer had very clear ideas about how the Army ought to be run. 5 This attitude would mark Doubleday’s gentleness over his career, as well as his concern with the welfare of those in his command. ” It did not take Doubleday long to discover how slavery worked, as Negroes were not allowed to learn to read and write, thereby condemning them to remain “servile,” even though they outnumbered the white settlers six to one. But no such rebellion occurred. Doubleday tells us that during this time he acted as paymaster, in addition to performing his usual duties, and he even became an architect when the need for a new hospital on the base arose.
Britain, for example, was paying other countries to prohibit slavery. ”1 As much as Doubleday thought the war repugnant, the Point had taught Doubleday the value of duty. Accordingly, he sailed from Portland to New York Harbor and transferred from Governor’s Island to Fort Columbus, as Fort Jay was then called. Shipping out from New York, the almost 30-day voyage to Texas was enlivened in part by the conviviality of a glee club organized by John Bankhead Magruder, 12 years Doubleday’s senior. ) General Taylor selected a landing area on a wide sandy plain at the mouth of the Nueces River near the hamlet of Corpus Christi.
After overseeing the loading of a long line of supply wagons, as well as two more 18-pounder siege guns, General Taylor began the return march to relieve Fort Texas with his force of about 2,300 men on the afternoon of May 7. About noon the next day, near a clump of tall trees at a spot called Palo Alto, Taylor received news that just ahead were the forces of General Arista, soldiers who had crossed the river north of Fort Texas. Arista’s intelligence men told him incorrectly that Taylor had retreated in fear from Fort Texas and that his own army would vastly outnumber that of the Americans.
Abner Doubleday. A Civil War Biography by Thomas Barthel