Oscar Hemwitt DoubledayGender:
Oscar Hemwitt Doubleday, (b. January 3, 1836) was born in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, to a prominent Protestant family of Welsh descent. He was a career United States Army officer and Union brigadier general in the American Civil War, same as his father, who died of cholera during the Mexican War.
Oscar attended Norristown Academy throughout his adolescence, and Governer David R. Porter elected him as a candidate for West Point Academy, graduating eigth in his class in 1856. He, along with his best friend and future nemesis, Jimmy Major, became a Second Lieutenants for the United States Cavalry, and battled the Comanche in the Texas frontier in 1958. He would see several of his classmates in skirmishes throughout the next disastrous decade.
He served with distinction at the Battle of Fort Sumner, and led a brigade into action in the opening engagement of the Battle of Gettysburg. There, he was wounded and forced to spend the next two years in bed at his family's estate, though he spent the winters of his recuperation recruiting soldiers in Philadelphia. He survived typhoid fever and dysentery, and rejoined his corps shortly before the Battle of Sayler's Creek. His genial disposition, his serene nature and his personal courage endeared him to his troops.
Doubleday became a federal agent after the Civil War, traveling abroad to bring Confederate criminals to American justice. His misadventures brought him to England, France, Norway and Egypt. His skill set qualified him well for law enforcement abroad, though he was a little fed up of the American government's constantly freezing his funds in the pursuit of wanted men.
Tired of traveling and federal bureaucracy, he settled down in a Colorado boomtown as its rugged sheriff.