William Martin Dickson

William Martin Dickson

Birth
Lexington, Scott County, Indiana, USA
Death 15 Oct 1889 (aged 62)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 30, Lot 164
Memorial ID 18082011 · View Source
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Politician, Judge, Civil War Officer. William Martin Dickson graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a law degree and and was admitted to the bar in Kentucky in 1848 before attending graduate school at Harvard. He married Anna Marie Parker (first cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln) of Lexington, Kentucky in 1852. He was the Hamilton County prosecuting attorney for one year before he resigned to operate a law firm with Alphonso Taft and Thomas M. Key. In 1859, he was appointed as Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Dickson was one of the founders of the Republican Party and was nominated as a Presidential elector in 1860. He soon associated with Abraham Lincoln, Edwin Stanton, and Salmon P. Chase and participated in the framing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Dickson was appointed by Cincinnati Mayor George Hatch in September of 1862 as the Acting Colonel of the Cincinnati Black Brigade. Dickson died at the Cincinnati Hospital after suffering an accident from incline plane.

*notes on Dickson with the Cincinnati Black Brigade*
The soldiers of the Cincinnati Black Brigade were assigned to participate in the building of defenses and earthenworks on the hills of Northern Kentucky to defend Cincinnati anticipating a Confederate attack by CSA Generals Edmund Kirby Smith and Braxton Bragg. Dickson first addressed his men (about 400 present) on September 4, 1862. He announced to them what his position was and that they were assembled for fatigue duty. He declared to them that they would receive the same protection and treatment as white soldiers. He dismissed them to their homes to report for duty the following day. When morning came, Dickson was surprised to see that over 700 men answered the call. The assignment lasted only three weeks and the Brigade was commended for their services by city officials. Dickson returned to his seat as a judge while most of the men in the Brigade formed into companies that were mustered into service with the 5th and 27th US Colored Troop Regiments eventually seeing action in the Civil War.


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  • Created by: K Guy
  • Added: 26 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18082011
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Martin Dickson (19 Sep 1827–15 Oct 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18082011, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by K Guy (contributor 46886706) .