Let the debates over who invented baseball rage on for eternity, the simple truth is the game evolved organically over a period of decades from other stick and ball games, with many pioneering champions having had a hand in its development. Certainly Abner Doubleday was among those early baseball pioneers and his legacy lives on, most prominently at the baseball diamond named for him in Cooperstown. In addition to popular recognition as the inventor of baseball, this great American gave more than thirty years of his life to military service, participating in the Mexican-American War, the Seminole Wars and the Civil War, during which he is cited as having fired the Union Army's first shot of the War, a cannon round at Fort Sumter in retaliation to the Confederate Army's opening bombardment. Doubleday also fought gallantly as a commanding officer at Antietam, Gettysburg and several other important Civil War battles.
Doubleday's significant military career is recalled with this Civil War era CDV photo. This 2-3/8 x 3-7/8" profile portrait depicts Doubleday in uniform as a Major General, the rank he achieved in November of 1862. The reverse side is handwritten with the identifying notation "Abner Doubleday" and bears the credit stamp of prominent period photography studio "C.D. Fredricks & Co." of New York City, Havana and Paris. The obverse presents handsomely with a distinct image and a fairly clean surface, while a written notation on the bottom border is too faint to make out. Surface loss at bottom left on the reverse side has no impact on the obverse's appeal and otherwise this genuine Civil War relic presents VG-EX+ detail.