George Dixon’s Gold Coin

September 9, 2016 | Civil War, News

For many years there was a story told about Lt. George Dixon and a special gold coin… The story goes he carried a gold coin for luck in his pocket, which at Shiloh, protected him for getting seriously injured in the upper leg by a minie ball. This story was considered at best a legend, until in 2005, as archaeologists were removing the sediment from the submarine, this bent gold coin was discovered. It is engraved with four lines of script:
Shiloh, 1862, My Life Preserver, G. E. D.
The coin was one of the best preserved artifacts, because of the high quality gold. You can see it today at the Friends of the Hunley Museum. 

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