Powell Liberty Historical Society

A window into the past of Powell and Liberty Township

William O. Dixon, Civil War Veteran

William O. Dixon was one of several Liberty Township men who fought for the Union. He enlisted in 1861 at age 21 and saw action at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge Tennessee, and participated in all the battles of Sherman’s March to the Sea. Before being mustered out in 1865 he was captured and spent time in Richmond’s Libby Prison, said to have conditions as vile as Andersonville. Returning home William married Phoebe Lowry of Liberty Township the following year, bought 37 acres of farm land, and eventually raised five children. William died at age 75 and is buried in the Powell Cemetery.

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William O. Dixon
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William O. Dixon and Family