Capt Henry Dillon

Capt Henry Dillon

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Death 10 Jan 1882 (aged 53)
Burial Buena Vista, Richland County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Sec 4-2
Memorial ID 92004246 · View Source
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Veteran - Mexican War
Captain 6th Wis L.A. Battery - Civil War

CAPTAIN HENRY DILLON, deceased, was one of the most prominent of the may men that Richland county sent to the front during the dark days of the Civil War, and none performed his duty more valiantly or showed greater devotion to the cause of the Union. Captain Dillon was born at Maguire, in the province of Ontario, Canada, Sept. 22, 1828. He was the son of Frederick Dillon, who served in the British army all of his life, having run away from the parental home in Ireland when seventeen years old to enlist in the English army. He had been quite well educated and was quite proficient in scholarship, and he was enabled to rise from the ranks and become a British officer. He served fifty years as a soldier, and then served the later years of his life on the retired list, with the usual officer's allowance. As a further reward for gallant service he was given a medal with his military record inscribed thereon. His wife, who became the mother of Captain Dillon, was a Miss Mary Platt, a Canadian lady, and after marriage they established their home in Niagara Falls, which remained the place of their domicile throughout their lives, both father and mother dying at that place. When Captain Dillon was seventeen years old he enlisted in the Third United States artillery for service in the Mexican War, and he served throughout that conflict as a private soldier, participating in the battles of Buena Vista and Chapultepec, and a number of other engagements. After the close of the Mexican War and his discharge from the United States service he went to Lockport, N.Y., and engaged in the tailoring business, remaining there several years. While there, on May 30, 1850, he was married to Miss Ann Butler, who was born in Cambridgeshire, England, Jan. 19, 1830, her parents being Richard and Susanna (Saddler) Butler, both of whom were natives of the same place, where her father was a carpenter and millwright. Captain Dillon and wife came to Lone Rock in 1854, and there he engaged in the tailoring business until the breaking out of the Civil War. Then, in the autumn of 1861, he supervised the recruiting and organization of the Sixth Battery, Wisconsin light artillery, and with it was mustered into the service, as its captain, on Oct. 2, 1861. It remained at Camp Utley, Racine, until March 15, 1862, when it left the state with orders to report at St. Louis. The record of Captain Dillon's services is the history of the Sixth Battery, which occupies an important place in the annals of Wisconsin patriotism. It participated in the siege of Island No. 10, and in October, 1862, was engaged in the battle of Corinth, sustaining a loss of four killed and twenty-one wounded. In May, 1863, it joined the forces in the vicinity of Vicksburg and overtook the enemy at Jones' Cross Roads, where a sharp skirmish ensued, in which the battery participated. Pursuing the retreating enemy, it started for Jackson, before which place it took part in the battle of May 14, with the loss of two men wounded. It was constantly engaged in the duties of the siege of Vicksburg, participated in the battle of Missionary Ridge, and during the summer of 1864, operated in northern Georgia in connection with General Sherman's Atlanta campaign, Captain Dillon was promoted to the position of chief of artillery, and he served the full three year term of his enlistment, being mustered out on Oct. 10, 1864. He was fortunate in the fact that he escaped serious injury by wounds, but he had a horse killed under him at the battle of Corinth. At the end of his term of enlistment he returned to Lone Rock, and shortly thereafter, in 1865, he moved to a farm on section 34 in the town of Buena Vista, where he followed agricultural pursuits until his death, Jan. 10, 1882, and his widow still resides on the place. Captain Dillon was a man of pronounced views on political subjects, and when the greenback movement started he earnestly espoused that cause, being at one time the candidate of that party for sheriff of Richland county. He also served as chairman of the town board of Buena Vista one term. Fraternally he was a member of the Masonic order, of the I. O. O. F., and also of the temperance organization known as the Good Templars.


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  • Created by: Cheryl Ayres
  • Added: 16 Jun 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 92004246
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Henry Dillon (22 Sep 1828–10 Jan 1882), Find a Grave Memorial no. 92004246, citing Button Cemetery, Buena Vista, Richland County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl Ayres (contributor 46935923) .