By Thomas Barthel
Whereas Abner Doubleday is remembered essentially for his "invention" of baseball, this biography specializes in his responsibility to his state. Following Doubleday's early life in Auburn, manhattan, to his days as a cadet at West element, the general's involvement within the American Civil conflict, and his public carrier afterwards, he's portrayed the following as a guy who took unpopular stands yet used to be guided by way of a company imaginative and prescient of justice.
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When the morning of September 23 brightened, his unit was moved, and he saw in the eyes of a captured Mexican colonel and his family how ragged he must look. Because both his face and clothing had been ravaged by thorns, because he had been sleeping on wet ground, and because he had not shaved in several weeks, no doubt his appearance was less than tidy. Soon a temporary truce was declared, and Doubleday, curious, mounted a rooftop to see other soldiers in position on other rooftops, muskets in hand, as well as the “dense masses” of Mexicans ready for a last battle.
One of his ﬁrst decisions was to demote Ampudia to heading a battalion. Then the American army began to stir again. Typical of conﬂicts, ever since there have been wars, are long periods of inaction followed by a short frenzy of activity. Initially, orders came from Polk to Taylor to move through the pass called Rinconada in order to attack Saltillo. Saltillo was not in itself important, but its signiﬁcance lay in that it served as a crossroads, the city being the best north-to-south road to the capital of Mexico City.
His knowledge led to the exposure of the fraud. S. 3 44 ABNER DOUBLEDAY At that point Doubleday was called in. Since President Fillmore insisted on a close investigation of the alleged fraud, he appointed some men, with Henry May to be the chairman, to take depositions and collect evidence. It may have been that Doubleday’s military experience counted considerably. The ﬁve-man commission was about to travel into very wild territory in Mexico.