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DOUBLEDAY, Charles William, soldier, born in Leicestershire, England, 28 January 1829. This surname, of Huguenot origin, was originally Dubaldy. He came to this country early in life, and received a common school education in Ohio. He went to California in the early days of the " gold fever" and led a life of adventure. Early in 1854 he embarked from San Francisco for New York, by way of Nicaragua, but remained in that country, and espoused the popular cause in the civil war then in progress, raising and commanding a company of American and English riflemen. He subsequently became major and colonel, and, after the arrival of Walker and his party (see WALKER, WILLIAM), was with that adventurer in the battles of Rivas and Virgin bay. After Walker had unfolded to Doubleday his visionary scheme of a southern empire, the latter left him in disgust and returned to New York late in 1855. But he afterward joined Lockridge's unsuccessful attempt to reinforce Walker, was injured by the boiler explosion that frustrated that attempt, and subsequently accompanied a party of adventurers that sailed from Mobile, and was shipwrecked on the coast of Central America. In 1861'2 Colonel Doubleday commanded a company of cavalry in the service of the United States, and was for a time acting brigadier general, He has published "Reminiscences of the Filibuster War in Nicaragua" (New York, 1886).
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