|Rendering of Lt. George Dixon|
Dixon was a native of Kentucky or South Carolina. Wikipedia states that "He was a steamboat engineer and had lived in New Orleans, Louisiana before moving to Mobile, Alabama." He was also a man of some wealth based on his tailored suit that he wore upon his death.
|Lt. George Dixon's Lucky Coin|
Lt. Dixon was an engineer on one of her father's boats, and the fell in love at first site. As the Civil Wat began Dixon was in Mobile, Alabama and joined the 21st Alabama Infantry.
Before leaving to go to the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862, Quennie gave him a $20 gold coin as his good luck charm. During the battle Dixon was shot and severely injured, however, the bullet hit the coin in his pocket, and saved both his leg and his life.
The Legend has it that, "He discovered the bullet had struck the coin directly in the center, bending the coin but saving his leg by absorbing much of the impact" (Wikipedia). From there on out, Lt. Dixon carried this coin with him, and along with the coin came his love for Queenie.
|Concept of the H.L. Hunley|
The two test runs had ended in disaster, killing both crews including the creator of the sub himself Horace Hunley. Lt. Dixon was assigned a crew and was set to be the captain of the first attack by the sub.
The attack was set up for the night of February 17, 1864. Lt. Dixon at 7 other crew members stalked closer to the USS Housatonic, before setting of a torpedo charge strapped to the sub.
The result was as intended, the USS Housatonic was sunk, but not before it took the H.L. Hunley and its 8 man crew down with them. Lt. Dixon died carrying out a plan for the Confederacy and the luck of his fabled coin died with him.
|H.L. Hunley after it returned to the surface|
With that, a love story was now seen as fact and not simply a legend. After the sub was excavated the 3rd and final sub crew was buried in Magnolia Cemetery on April 17th, 2004
|Grave of Lt. George E. Dixon|
The love that Lt. Dixon and Queenie Bennett had was once for the ages, and people look back upon it and wish that they will find true love just like this two lovers.