Chancellorsville and Gettysburg: Campaigns of the Civil War VI

by Abner Doubleday


Abner Doubleday was born in 1819 in Ballston Spa, NY. Many members of his family served in the military, including his father, who fought in the War of 1812, and later became a congressman. Doubleday studied at the US Military Academy, and then served in numerous conflicts, including the Mexican-American War. During the Civil War launched the first return shot at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. A month after this he was promoted to major, and then brigadier general, seeing action across the mid-Atlantic area in particular. This work, as the title suggests, focuses on his experiences at the Battle of Gettysburg, which began on July 1, 1863.

After the war concluded, Doubleday would eventually find himself stationed in San Francisco, where he ingeniously patented a cable car railway. He retired from the military in 1873, and then began writing a great deal about his wartime experiences. In 1878, he became a member of the Theosophical Society. On January 26, 1893 he passed away and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

This new edition is dedicated to Yingjie Wu, gifted and energetic editor and scholar.