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Item 8356 - Abner Doubleday 1861 Signed Handwritten Letter Catalog 542 (Feb 2019)

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Union general (1819-1893) who commanded a division at Gettysburg; he has controversially been credited with the invention of baseball. Civil War-dated handwritten letter signed “A. Doubleday,” one page, 5 x 8, Office of Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac letterhead, December 20, 1861. Letter to his older brother, Colonel Thomas D. Doubleday, in full: "General Barry informs me that your Regiment is entitled to one extra First Lieutenant and an extra Second Lieutenant to each company and also authorizes me to say that the Governor of New York can make the appointments, and the President will not interfere. If the Governor makes the appointments it will be all right. This question has arisen before and the above decision is the result of an interview with Gen'l Barry and the Head of the War Department. The decision is general for all similar cases." In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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