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    Abner Doubleday Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.5" x 9.5", 5th Avenue Hotel, New York, February 6, 1871. Doubleday was a career U.S. army officer who fired the first defensive shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. In this letter, he is concerned about whether or not Henry Dawson, the editor of Historical Magazine, has received his letters about Fort Sumter. The content of those letters was most likely intended for Dawson's publication. The letter offered here reads in part: "Did you receive two letters from me in relation to Fort Sumter, written about six weeks ago? . . .I shall remain here for a few days should you find time to call I should be pleased to see you. If I have an opportunity I will go on to Morrisania but at present my time is very much occupied as I am preparing to go to Texas."

    Dawson, who published the Historical Magazine in Morrisania, New York, from 1866 to 1876, did publish a story about Fort Sumter in the January 1872 issue. Doubleday, also known as the disputed inventor of baseball, cites this article in his 1876 book, Reminiscences of Fort Sumter.

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