The Golden Coin

Conflict: Civil War

George E. Dixon was part of the 21st Alabama Infantry Regiment and supposedly quite the lady’s man. For over 100 years, a legend of Dixon, a woman, and a gold coin has continued throughout history. The coin did indeed exist, but where did it come from? Romance takes over the story and introduces Queenie Bennett, a lovely lady from Mobile, Alabama, who was possibly the one to give Dixon the golden coin as a token of her affection.

There has never been proof whether she gave him the coin or not, but he did always keep it in his pocket. At the Battle of Shiloh, Dixon was shot in the thigh, and luckily the coin was exactly where it needed to be. Although it saved his life, the bullet still caused severe damage to his femur, leaving traces of lead and a limp, but Dixon survived and continued to fight in the Civil War.

Depiction of the Battle of Shiloh where Dixon almost lost his life

Depiction of the Battle of Shiloh where Dixon almost lost his life

Unfortunately, a couple years later the golden coin had no power to save its owner’s life in the Hunley accident. Dixon was commander of the submarine, and after its one and only attack, the Hunley disappeared for years, along with its crew.

It wasn’t until 1995 that the legend of the golden coin could finally be put to rest. The submarine was discovered, raised, and searched. The golden coin was next to the remains of Dixon with an unmistakable dent. It is also inscribed on the back in memory of the day it saved his life. There are no traces of Queenie Bennett to tag along with the discovery, but the legend lives on.

Search through George E. Dixon’s Confederate record on Fold3 here, and find more information about the golden coin here, here, and here.