Winter 2017 Auction
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Union general, credited for inventing modern game of baseball. Outstanding content & connection two-page, recto & verso, ALS "Abner Doubleday", 4.75x8, Aug 7 1882 to George Bliss, in part: "... I would like to correct the Roster of the 2d. R.I. Infantry. Did Colonel Horatio Rogers command it at Gettysburg? I will substitute your name as leading the advance on the retreat from Middleburg instead of that of Captain Bixbie. The account I gave...was taken in a great measure from reports in The Rebellion Record...I hardly know where to look for an account of the charge of the 2d. R.I. Infantry at Salem Heights but will try and find the official report of the Colonel if it is published...I consulted General Newton and General Shaler in reference to the operations of the 6th Corps...", letter originates from the Collection of Elisha Hunt Rhodes. Of historical note, Bliss (1837-1928) led the 1st Regiment of the R.I. Cavalry in the Battle of Middleburg, June 17-19, 1863, part of the Gettysburg campaign, he also saw action at the Battle of Second Bull Run & the First Battle of Deep Bottom as part of the Siege of Petersburg, awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Waynesboro, which read in part: "While in command of the provost guard in the village, he saw the Union lines returning before the attack of a greatly superior force of the enemy, mustered his guard, and, without orders, joined in the defense and charged the enemy without support. He received three saber wounds, his horse was shot, and he was taken prisoner"
ABNER DOUBLEDAY (1819-1893) AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED AS MAJOR GENERAL--REGARDING THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG!
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