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Alexander Franklin Dix's 
Application of Confederate Pension 
and 
Certificate of Service
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=51283
 
 
Last Name: Dix 
Date of Birth: 
Death Info: 
Discharge Date: 1865/04/10 
Discharge Info: Virginia, Appomattox, Paroled.
Branch: 
Regimental Unit: 
Company Unit: 
Co. Unit Name: Midway Guards
Pension Rec: 
Authority: Personal Statement Census Tax Assessor Montgomery County 1907. 

 

First Name: Alexander    MI: Franklin 
Marital Status: 
Occupation: 
Enlistment Date: 1862/05/12 
Enlistment Info: Alabama, Midway, Private.
Engagements: 
Engage. con't: 
Remarks: The Midway Cadets became Company E 1st Battalion Hilliard's Legion in May 1862. I was detailed for duty in office of assistant Adjutant General of Legion, afterwards held at same duty at department headquarters of E. Tennessee until April 1864. 
Remarks con't: On reorganization of legion became Sargeant Major 23rd Alabama. 

Phyllis Owens has sent the letter (below) from Alexander Franklin DIX to his wife, Helen "Nellie" Beach DIX.  If my arithmetic is correct, Nellie is about 6-months pregnant with Albert Sidney DIX, born September 1, 1863 (see the allusion to her dress size in page 2).  She is 22 years old, a stranger in a strange land and forced to depend on the kindness of strangers.  All of her family is back in New York, and on the "other side" in the war.   I'd like to hear your thoughts as well.

The following letter is owned by Chris Kilcrease.  The images and transcription courtesy of  Phyillis "Sis" Owens, who also initially contacted us.  Phillys writes:

Mr. Kilcrease has purchased three of these letters from his friend out of Florida.  They were purchased by his friend from an estate sale, but I am not sure of where the estate sale was held; I will be sure to inquire in our next contact. The three letters that I have seen were not sealed.  The stamps on two envelopes (1 stamp on one and 2 stamps on one) are canceled, but on the third envelope there is no cancellation, nor is it addressed to or from anyone, but the letter inside IS to Mrs. Dix.  This letter is written in pencil instead of ink and is very pale/faint and hard to read.  Hopefully, Mr. Kilcrease will bring it for us to work with on his next visit. 


The attached images of the hand-written letter are of such low resolution, that reading is quite difficult.  Thanks to Phyllis  for the painstaking transcription. 

Before this letter, I had assumed that AFD had returned home on furloughs to account for the conceptions of the children while he was away in the war, but there is a suggestion here that she may have visited him during his stint in the CSA. 

Eugenia, you'll see on PAGE 2, a reference to their neighbor and friend, "Maj. Feagin"!


 
Letter to 
Department Headquarters Knoxville
May 24th, 1863
Ever Dear Wife.
       Sabbath evening has 
come again and well nigh passed 
reminding me that my ever pres-
ent and increasing desire to be 
with you is vain, and that I must 
still employ that means of commun-
ication left us, and which, were 
we deprived of it, we would con-
sider an inestimable privilege. 
Many in our army are separated 
entirely from their homes and 
months pass without a word of 
cheer to hearts perhaps as depend-
ant upon each other as ours. 
I frequently meet those whose 
homes are in those portions of 
the Confederacy in the hands of the 
enemy who tell me that six months 
or a year has passed since the 
heard from wife or sweetheart or 
parent. I sincerely pray that we 
may not be brought to this, and 
will endeavor to enjoy the blessing 
permitted without murmuring that 
it is not greater. My Darling is
PAGE 2:
now free from school 1and may
spend her time as pleases her. It seems 
to me dearest that your hesitancy 
about going out is a little prema-
ture. You speak of wearing dresses 
which you could not wear a year 
ago; 2 surely there can be no great
alteration for the better. You know
my old foible. I hope darling,
you will not shut yourself up in 
that little room so small and 
close. You will need some exer-
cise, and need have no fears
of Dr. You know how Mrs. B.
did, she sat in our room frequent-
ly throughout the interval. 3 Nor, if 
you have opportunity need you hes-
itate to visit at Maj. Feaginís. They 
are all friends there, and no one 
to put you to the blush. I ardent-
ly wish, My Darling, that I could 
be with you to relieve you of 
any dependance upon others for 
society, but still no prospect opens. 
    My hopes for peace have, since
the beginning of the war, had 
a foundation in the united in-
fluence of victory on our parts
PAGE 3:
and resolution on the part of our 
foe. In the former, the Lord has been 
as constant to us in the bestowal, 
as was for our good. True the 
news from Mississippi has been 
unfavorable for a few days, but 
today we again have the shout
of victory and the revival of the 
hope that all may yet be well 
in that quarter. In the latter a 
steady progress has been made 
from the first, and is now ap-
proaching a crisis which it will 
be impossible for any assumed 
of Lincoln to withstand. 
    We must bear in mind that the 
revolution which subverted the 
Constitution and drove us upon 
our undoubted right of secession, 
was thirty years in progress. 
    The whole whole body politic had
become diseased, and bleeding 
was the only remedy which would 
produce any effect. Every other way 
tried only to prove more conclusive 
by threat the influence of reason 
and right had ceased to act. 
    We need not look then for a change 
so speedily as we might desire, but 
PAGE 4:
as in the practice of physic, the 
influence of bloodletting is imme-
diate, so no more active means 
of restoring the normal tone of 
society could be employed.
At least, I judge so from the 
fact that the Great Restorer
of Nations has employed this 
seems almost exclusively since 
the earliest history. If we are 
successful in Mississippi a battle 
will soon be fought in middle 
Tenn. which will precipitate 
revolution at the North and lead 
to an early peace. If we are not 
successful there in Miss. the ef-
fect will be to prolong the war 
indefinitely. Never the less, the object 
for which we have left. Our homes 
will be attained though through 
still greater suffering.
    Such are my thoughts at present 
in regard to the prospect of peace.
While I hope, I fear it will not, 
come in time to enable me to 
spend much of the summer with 
you. Had we not been blessed with 
nobler prospect doubtless you would 
be about to start on a trip to Knox-
ville. Capt. and Mrs. Sommerville are
PAGE 5:
quite anxious to have you come 
and spend a few weeks at least 
where the heats of summer are tem-
pered by an occasional mountain 
breeze; but though I told the Capt. 
why it may not be, I hardly thought 
it but to tell his wife. I rode out to 
their boarding place a few days ago 
and had another very pleasant call.
But such calls are unsatisfying;
they only serve to remind me how 
how great a blessing is mine but not
to enjoy... I have felt my ab-
sence from you more during a 
few weeks passed that at anytime 
before, unless it be when I have 
been about to start to see you. Per-
haps it is because I know what 
must be the natural want of a wife 
situated as you are and my sym-
pathies are the more fully aroused.
I am glad darling that in con-
trasting the present with five years 
ago when surrounded by all the 
sweet influences of home, you 
can say that you are happier
now. Were it otherwise I should 
much self condemnation not 
unmitigated however, by the fact
PAGE 6:
that had peace continued to smile
upon us I might have made 
you much happier than I have 
been able as it is. I hope, when 
peace shall come and I shall have 
secured a home for you which 
it will be our united pleasure 
to beautify within by graces, and 
without by toils, to be able to 
multiply your happy hours, and 
make all tears of the past seem 
to you but as a string of pearls 
employed to adorn the neck of 
youth...I believe that I answer-
ed the business portion of your letter 
in my last. I have not yet got 
my money changes so as to send 
that but will probably do so by 
the middle of the week when 
I write again. All moves on 
smoothly here now, two of our 
old clerks have gone so that 
instead of sending me away 
there is more likelihood of 
calling in another. Take good 
care of your health darling and 
do not fail to take some exercise 
to wear off school with. May 
God bless you and hear our uni-
ted prayers for peace and the return of
your Frank.

  Footnotes:

1  now free from school and may [she taught children at AFD's school in Midway]

2You speak of wearing dresses which you could not wear a year ago [She's 6-months pregnant with ASD]

3  You know how Mrs. B.  did, she sat in our room frequently throughout the interval. [Mrs. Beach?, her mother? -- RDW]

 



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Alexander Franklin Dixís Confederate Military Service
When Nellie and Alexander reached Midway in early 1861, Alexander resumed his teaching, but when the war began later in the spring he volunteered as a private and went off to fight. He served throughout the war, for a time in Kentucky under General Bragg, later with the Army of Northern Virginia under Lee. He was present at the Battle of the Crater, and at Appomattox. He was reluctant to discuss his soldiering experiences, according to my father, and the children knew little of what he had done. He apparently served as a clerk (not many southern soldiers Were so literate), and if he had promotions, demotions, wounds or anything special we have no record of it. 

Jean Dix Allaway

However, he joined the Confederate army, and in the second year of his marriage was fighting in the battle of Shiloh  in Mississippi, under the command of General Albert Sidney Johnston.

Annie Dix Meiers
 

 

1921 Census of Confederate Soldiers


Submitted by Eugenia B. Hobday


Submitted by Eugenia B. Hobday


 
Enlisted May 12, 1862
Hilliard's Legion, 1st Batallion, Company C

After reorganization, 23rd Alabama Batallion Sharp Shooters

Captian, John W. L. Daniel
Colonel, Henry W. Hilliard

Fought with Gracies Brigade and B.R. "Bushrod" Johnson's Division

Company A, 23rd Battalion, Alabama Sharpshooters under Gen. Bragg in Kentucky
 http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/gracie.html#23rd

https://sites.rootsweb.com/~gataylor/Hilliard/al-60h.htm#23

Albert Sidney Johnston

Infantry Company E 1st Battalion, Hilliardís Legion 
http://www.mindspring.com/~mchs/herald/prison.htm 

Company C, 59th and 60th Alabama Regiment 
http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/gracie.html#60th

Formerly Company D, 3rd Battalion, Hilliards Legion 
http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/hilliard.html 

Private, promoted to Sgt. Major

http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/hilliard.html 

Army of Northern Virginia where he surrendered with Gen. Lee at Appomattox.

The ribbon at the right, is an example of what the Camp Lomax Confederate veterens would have had.

Confederate Veterans Camp #151 Camp Lomax


Submitted by Eugenia B. Hobday




Photos by Russell Whigham
Memorial Arch and inscription Confederate Veterans Camp #151, Camp Lomax
Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL

File:Camp Lomax veterans gathering.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Camp_Lomax_veterans_gathering.jpg

I think I see A. F. Dix in this 1905 photo.  See if you can pick him out. 
To see my guess, highlight the lines below:
Second row, far left?
   White hair and Colonel Sanders facial hair? 
But then, I think the 2nd row from top, center is Charles Darwin.  ;-)