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Abner Doubleday War Dated ALS with Great Content

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Doubleday Abner

Abner Doubleday War Dated ALS With Great Content

After The Battle of Gettysburg, Seeks Important Position for His Brother Ulysses Doubleday.

Single page autograph letter signed on lightly line pale blue paper, 7.75" x 9.75". Dated "Astor House New York, August 5th, 1863", and signed by Abner Doubleday as "A. Doubleday, Maj Genl". Near fine with faint toning along out edge.

Abner Doubleday pens a letter to Major Sprague requesting him to "examine my brothers (Major U. Doubleday 4th N.Y. Arty) testimonials now on file in your office. I think you will find them of a very high order. Col Hall the present commander of the 4th Arty has been found deficient and his discharge recommended by an examining board … I think Major Doubleday is entitled to the position for his gallantry in the field, his efficiency as a disciplinarian and his thorough knowledge of everything relating to his profession… "

In 1861 Abner Doubleday was second-in-command at Fort Sumter, where he ordered the Union’s first shots of the Civil War in response to the bombardment by secessionist forces. Promoted to brigadier general in February 1862, Doubleday participated in the Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) and the Battle of Antietam later that year. Doubleday led a corps on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, and then served in administrative duty in Washington, D.C., for the rest of the conflict. The letter offered here was written on behalf of his younger brother, Ulysses, whose career included the rank of major and commander of the 4th New York Heavy Artillery, aide-de-camp for his brother in August 1862, to his discharge on March 7, 1863. Ultimately he returned to service as lieutenant colonel of the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment, October 2, 1863 shortly after this letter. His military career remained with the Colored Infantry Regiment in Florida as colonel of the 45th United States Colored Infantry Regiment. He later took command of Brigade 2, Division 2, XXV Corps (Union Army) until his discharge from the volunteers in 1865 with the final rank of Brevet Brigadier General.

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Abner Doubleday War Dated ALS with Great Content

Estimate $1,000 - $1,200May 15, 2019
Starting Price $350
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