Captain Abner Doubleday and Private US Artillery

There were some men, North and South, who quailed at firing the first shots of the war. Captain Abner Doubleday was not such a man, and when Confederates opened fire on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, he was only too delighted to fire the Union's first shot. He would rise to become a general, although he did not enjoy a distinguished career. Doubleday appears here as a captain in the U. S. Artillery, as betokened by the red trouser stripe and the color of his shoulder strap. The crossed cannon insignia on the kepi of the private next to him also denotes the artillery. They stand inside one of Sumter's casemates, ready to fire on the Rebel Ironclad Battery, where old Edmund Ruffin himself fired one of the war's first rounds. Doubleday's uniform would not change markedly when he left the Regular Army and accepted his volunteer commission.

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