Louis Dixon

Oldest Civil War Veteran Observes 98th Birthday

Submitted by Martha J. Kounse

Ironton Register 24 December 1933
Louis Dixon of Coryville, oldest Civil War veteran in Lawrence county, observed his 98th birthday on Friday, December 15, 1933 and received congratulations from those friends who visited him at his home.

Mr. Dixon was born December 15, 1835 in Wayne County, KY {WV?-mk).  He enlisted as a Civil War veteran on October 1, 1861, serving with the Union forces until 1865.  In 1867, he settled at Louisville, KY and in 1901 came to Lawrence County to reside.  He had since made this his home.  His wife, formerly Elizabeth Davis of Louisville, preceded him in death years ago.  His oldest son is 73 years old, a ripe age for the majority of people.

Mr. Dixon enjoyed unusually good health up until last fall.  He visited his former home at Louisville in October, became ill shortly after returning and has since been confined to his home the greater part of the time.  He has retained his interest in national, state and local affairs regardless of his advanced age and is one of the most interesting residents of this county.

He will be remembered by many residents as the aged man who for many years was fore? bearer for Dick Lambert Post GAR.  And today he stands as the oldest veteran of that organization.