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By Thomas Barthel

Whereas Abner Doubleday is remembered basically for his "invention" of baseball, this biography specializes in his responsibility to his state. Following Doubleday's adolescence in Auburn, long island, to his days as a cadet at West aspect, the general's involvement within the American Civil warfare, and his public carrier afterwards, he's portrayed right here 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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With the capital in hand, the war might be completed, but the peace was not. 3. The Mexican War 39 Doubleday also saw the rewards of battle. At their artillery unit’s gathering, young Lieutenant Doubleday was reunited with three artillerymen: George H. Thomas, class of 1840, who received three promotions for distinguished gallantry in action during the Mexican War; John F. Reynolds, who graduated one year before Doubleday and won two Mexican War brevets; and Braxton Bragg, class of 1837, who was granted a brevet promotion to major for the Battle of Monterrey and to lieutenant colonel for the Battle of Buena Vista.

The Americans, with their own cannon, found spots to fire back upon the Mexicans, but targets were hard to come by. Aided by strong fortifications, the enemy found plenty of places to fire from; when they did show themselves they often commanded the streets with escopeta (rifle fire). Even closer to the city center, cannon balls came roaring down the streets. Several men in Doubleday’s unit were killed or wounded. As the lieutenant took cover, two musket balls exploded next to his head and another pierced the uniform of a soldier next to him.

These captures on the third day of the battle meant that approaching the city was made more easy, since the city could be assaulted with mortar and cannon fire from the former Mexican forts. But there was no rest. As darkness approached, food cooking on the fire was nearly ready when a tremendous downpour canceled not only those plans, but any possibility of sleep. The next day the city was ready to be taken. Carefully directed fire from the captured forts on the hills above the city had chased the Mexicans out of most of Monterrey and forced them into one central section, a citadel.

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