Abner Doubleday


U.S. Army officer and American Civil War Union general who fired the first shot in the Civil War’s first battle.

Before Fame

He worked as a surveyor and a civil engineer before entering the United States Military Academy in 1858.


He has often been inaccurately credited with inventing baseball.

Family Life

His father was named Ulysses F. Doubleday.

Associated With

He and Thomas Edison both belonged to the Theosophical Society.