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    Abner Doubleday Signed Carte de Visite and William H. Christian Carte de Visite. Both measuring 2.5" x 4", both on Brady, Washington mounts. The first is a vignette bust portrait of General Doubleday, seen in his military uniform. The image is signed on the mount, "A. Doubleday Brig Genl Vol." and inscribed on verso, "To Col. Christian with Genl. Doubledays compliments." The second is a vignette bust portrait of Colonel Christian, dressed in uniform. On verso is written in pencil in an unknown hand, "William H. Christian Col. 26th Regt. U.S. Vols. Army of the Potomac. Heintzelman's Div. 1861."

    In addition to his association with the development of baseball, Abner Doubleday was also a noted general in the Civil War. He is credited with firing the first shot in the defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war and he had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. Although a skilled drillmaster and disciplinarian, Col. Christian is unfortunately best known for his act of cowardice at the Battle of Antietam. While leading his brigade into an area of heavy artillery fire, the colonel dismounted from his horse and fled from the battlefield. Although Christian later stated that he was still suffering from the effects of previous sunstroke, he resigned his command two days later and returned home. Christian's mental instability continued and in 1886, his wife had him committed to the NY State Lunatic Asylum in Utica. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Both lightly toned with some minor wear and soiling at the edges and corners. There is a spot of soiling at the left of Doubleday's portrait. Else, both are good.

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