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Brigadier General Adam Dixon

Born in Wigton England, July 4, 1827, died in Boston, MA, November 7, 1910

Although he never resided in Auburn, NY during his lifetime, Brigadier General Adam Dixon has been a resident of Forth Hill Cemetery, Auburn for over 100 years. Born in England, he came to the United States at age 24. He resided in Livingston County near Hemlock Lake. After establishing himself here he returned to England after 2 years and retrieved his wife. By 1860 the couple had 4 children and were living in Livonia, NY.

With the outbreak of the Civil War, Adam put a hold on his family life and enlisted as a private in the Wadsworth Guards in Geneseo. This unit was mustered into service as the 104th regiment New York Volunteer Infantry November 2, 1861. With his early meritorious service, Adam was soon promoted to 1st Sergeant. Soon after that came a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant.

His company commander having been shot, Dixon assumed the command of the company and was soon promoted to 1st Lieutenant. During the Battle of Gettysburg, he was captured with many of his men. As a prisoner of war in Libby Prison he was promoted to Captain.

Dixon was one of the promoters and builder of the famous Rose Escape Tunnel. He escaped 3 times, only to be recaptured. Before the end of the war he was awarded the Bronze Medal for single handedly capturing 13 confederate soldiers. He and his unit were mustered out in Elmira, NY, July 28, 1865.

About 5 years after the end of the Civil War, Adam moved his family west to Kansas, where he took a homestead on Section 3 in Freedom Township. Exactly when Adam joined the Kansas Guard is currently unknown, but his commission to Brig-General in the Kansas Guard was made February 5, 1885.

Five years after moving to Boston, MA he passed away in 1910 at age 82. His son had been associated with the 1st Baptist Church in Auburn, so Adam Dixon was shipped back to Auburn for a memorial service and burial in the family plot.

There is no monument on the Dixon Plot.  Waiting for a Veterans Marker For Adam (May 2011)

Brigadier General Adam Dixon is buried in the Mount Hope Section of Fort Hill.

Dixon Family Plot contains no monuments

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