July 5, 1930|
First Volunteer In Lebanon In 1862 Dies In Alms House
John C. Dickenson, 93-years of age, died Tuesday morning at the Russell county poor farm, where he spent the last years of his life of his own choice.
The death of this fearless soldier of the sixties was due to infirmities of old age.
The passing of Mr. Dickenson brings to the memory of the few surviving comrades the fact that he was the first man to walk out into the streets of Lebanon in 1862 when volunteers were called for to join the McElhaney Company, and enrolled his name and from that day on thru the following years of fight, hunger and privations, proved himself to be one of the most fearless men that ever carried a musket on the fields of conflict, contesting every inch of ground with the soldiers of the Federal army.
One daughter, Mrs. Florence Duff, of Pennington Gap, survives.
Mr. Dickenson, it is stated, kept a small sum of money, a few hundred dollars, in a Tennessee bank.
The remains of the old warior were taken to Castlewood, the land of his birth, and interred.