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What an incredible life Abner Doubleday had. His thirty years of service in the U.S. Army are highlighted by firing the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil War and a vital role in the Battle of Gettysburg. Doubleday also patented a cable car railway that is still in use in San Francisco. Trumping these incredible accomplishments is the historical acceptance of being the inventor of baseball. Pay homage to the “father of our national pastime” with this 1870s CDV. Taken by important Civil War Era photographer Mathew Brady, this stately image was published by leading camera and photography manufacturers E.&H.T. Anthony of New York. Ironically this man who is so widely associated with baseball is depicted in full military uniform in what can only be labeled a non-sport military card. Designated Authentic by respected certification service SGC, this striking photo displays sharply despite moderate age appropriate wear. The handwritten notation “Major General Doubleday” appears on the bottom front border in undetermined hand. The reverse bears ornate credit graphics which include “Published by E.&H.T. Anthony 501 Broadway, New York” and “From Photographic Negative in Brady’s National Portrait Gallery”. The company name E.&H.T. Anthony was established in 1862. The Anthony brothers had a close working relationship with Mathew Brady, who when unable to pay his debts, turned over his personal negatives to them in the mid-1870s.