Rare salt print photograph
(1819-1893) Famous for his association with the invention of the game of baseball. At Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the baseball diamond there is named after him. From a prominent New York family, his grandfather fought in the American Revolution, his father was a two term Congressman and both his brothers were colonels in the Civil War. He graduated in the West Point class of 1842, and served in the Mexican War with the artillery branch of service. In April 1861, Doubleday served in the garrison at Fort Sumter, and he was said to have aimed the first gun to reply to the Confederate batteries. Appointed a brigadier general, he commanded a brigade of McDowell's corps during the 2nd Bull Run campaign. At Antietam and Fredericksburg, he commanded a division of the 1st corps. His greatest performance of the war came at Gettysburg when he assumed command of the 1st corps after the death of General John F. Reynolds. Doubleday remained in the U.S. Army after the Civil War, retiring in 1873.
Wet plate, salt print photograph, unmounted, measures 2 3/8 x 3 3/8. Standing view wearing a single breasted frock coat with shoulder straps, and holding his kepi with 1st (U.S.) Artillery hat insignia clearly visible. Light age toning and surface scratch. This very rare view was taken by Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C., probably sometime in 1860 when Doubleday was stationed in the city.