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By Thomas Barthel

Whereas Abner Doubleday is remembered essentially for his "invention" of baseball, this biography specializes in his responsibility to his country. Following Doubleday's formative years in Auburn, new york, to his days as a cadet at West aspect, the general's involvement within the American Civil struggle, and his public provider afterwards, he's portrayed the following as a guy who took unpopular stands yet used to be guided via a company imaginative and prescient of justice.

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The city also stood on one the best east-west routes between the cities of Chihuahua and Victoria. A road through Saltillo would also carry an army easily to Tampico, the second largest Mexican port on the gulf. So, on November 13, 1846, Taylor ordered 1,000 men to march to the southwest to occupy Saltillo. S. Navy having captured Tampico. Also, General Wool’s force of 2,500 men began its long march to Monterrey after the city of Chihuahua, which he was to attack from San Antonio, was abandoned.

Still, many men suffered from sunstroke and heat prostration; some even seemed to be driven mad from the effects of the heat. ” For refreshment later, they consumed milk and pomegranates. He adds that the burst of military music at reveille, the bugle calls, the merry laughs, “the hundred fires that spring up ... glinting back from the bayonet and the sword,”11 thrilled the 27-year-old no matter how arduous the circumstances. After pausing in Marín and Ramos, and wading the San Juan River, they arrived within three miles of Monterrey — 200 miles from Brownsville — around September 20 and rested until the Mexican fortifications ahead of them could be reconnoitered.

Sleepless, he again pushed his way through the rugged terrain. These assignments were most unglamorous, and not likely to draw any attention or earn him any promotions. The young lieutenant did see the horrible aftermath of battle, with “corpses doubled up in every attitude of death and pain,” including a Mexican colonel whose leg had been blown off, and an American soldier whose body had been stripped of all clothing. Historians tell us repeatedly that wars are never really over, and Doubleday described the “long trains of wagons [which] came in heavily laden with the wounded of the disorganized Mexican Army who had been abandoned by their own country” as they retreated.

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