George Dixon was a 1st Lieutenant in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was the commander of a Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley. The legend around Lt. Dixon is a tale of a gold coin. His sweetheart, Queenie Bennett had given him a gold double eagle as a good luck token. It proved to be very lucky indeed.
During the Battle of Shiloh, Lt. Dixon was struck in the thigh by a bullet, but the bullet was stopped by the coin in his pocket. The coin was dented, but remained intact.
In 2000, when the wreck of the Hunley was brought to surface for the first time since it was sunken during the Civil War, forensic anthropologists found the coin in Dixon’s pocket. This discovery made fact of the rumors that had been flying around for almost 150 years. The coin was engraved :
April 6, 1862
My life Preserver
G. E. D.
The damaged coin is now on display with other artifacts and the submarine Hunley herself at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center.
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