Brig. Gen. Abner Doubleday commanded the at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Sept. 25, 1917.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. H. 9 ft.; Base: approx. 11 ft. x 11 ft. 6 in. x 11 ft. 6 in.
Who made it? Rhind, John Massey, 1860-1936, sculptor. Jno. Williams, Inc., founder. Worden-Gilboy Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? A standing portrait of General Doubleday holding his sword in his proper left hand and a pair of binoculars in his proper right hand. The sculpture rests atop a square base adorned with a bronze inscription plaque and a circular bronze plaque depicting the New York state seal. The monument is placed in the center of Doubleday’s division line on July 1, 1863. Monument was erected by the state of New York (he was a native of Ballston Spa). The monument cost $7,357.00. Overall height is 20 feet.
What does it honor? Memorial is placed in the approximate center center of his Division line on July 1, 1863, prior to the retreat towards Seminary Ridge.
How is it inscribed? ABNER DOUBLEDAY/MAJOR-GENERAL, USV./1819-1893/COMMANDED FIRST CORPS ARMY/OF THE POTOMAC AT GETTYSBURG/JULY 1, 1863
When was this photograph taken? December 11, 2011.
Where is it located? Located at Gettysburg National Military Park, McPherson Ridge, near junction of Reynolds & Meredith Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on the east side of Reynolds Avenue.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commanded: The Third Division of the First Army Corps.
Brief Biography: Abner Doubleday (June 26, 1819 – January 26, 1893) was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War. USMA 1842. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg was his finest hour, but his relief by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade caused lasting enmity between the two men. His nickname was “Forty-Eight Hours.” One of the persistent legends of baseball history is that Doubleday invented the game in 1839, although he was in West Point at the time.
Bronze Portraits at Gettysburg
Brig. Gen. Francis Barlow – Brig. Gen. John Buford – John Burns – Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford – Father William Corby – Brig. Gen. Abner Doubleday – Brig. Gen. John Geary – Brig. Gen. John Gibbon – Brig. Gen. George S. Greene – Brig. Gen. Alexander Hays – Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys – Maj. Gen. John Reynolds – Brig. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren – Brig. Gen. James S. Wadsworth – Brig. Gen. Alexander Webb – Maj. William Wells