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January 19, 1862, The New York Herald
We have received intimation by telegraph that Major Doubleday was on Friday appointed a Brigadier General of volunteers. As he holds an important position on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief we append a short description of his military service: - SKETCH OF GENERAL DOUBLEDAY. General Abner Doubleday is about forty-two years of age, and is a native of Ballston Spa, Saratoga county, New York. At an early age he gave evidences of being a good mathematical scholar, and chose civil engineering as a profession. He was engaged in Canada in the survey of the Toronto and Lake Huron Railroad, but the rebellion breaking out he had to leave the province, and found on his arrival home that during his absence he had been appointed a cadet at West Point; which academy he entered in September, 1838. His classmates were Rosecrans, Pope and Meade, Union generals, and Van Dorn, Longstreet, Anderson and Hill, generals of the rebel army. In July, 1842, he was breveted Second Lieutenant of the Third artillery, and was made a full Second Lieutenant in the First artillery in February, 1845. In March, 1847, he was promoted to the First Lieutenancy of his regiment, and in March, 1855, to the Captaincy. This rank he held while aiding in the glorious defence of Fort Sumter, in company with the then Major Anderson. It will be remembered that he visited this city, with his superior officers and took a silent part in the great Union meeting, in Union square. On the 14th of May, 1861, he was appointed the first Major of the newly organized Seventeenth regiment of United States infantry, Colonel (now General) Heintzelman, and being appointed to the post, took charge of the artillery forces of Gen. Patterson’s division of the Upper Potomac, and also that of Gen. Banks’ when he assumed command of that department. He was subsequently appointed Assistant to the Chief of Artillery on Gen. McClellan’s staff, and had assigned to him the special charge of the armament of the fortifications of the Virginia side of the Potomac. On the 17th day of January, 1862, he was appointed a Brigadier General, the date of his commission not yet having been reported.