(1836 - 1909)
Home State: South Carolina
Education: South Carolina Military Academy (now the Citadel)
Branch of Service: Infantry
A merchant with a store in the Barnwell District, he enrolled as 3rd Lieutenant, Company G, 17th South Carolina Infantry on 2 January 1862 at Camp Lee. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant to date from 1 May 1862.
On the Campaign
He was in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was with his Company to at least February 1865 when he was furloughed for 21 days on 11 February, the last military record for him.
After the War
Commonly known as Joe, by 1870 and to 1883 he was a merchant or "merchandiser" and planter at Buford's Bridge, Barnwell County, SC. He was also Postmaster there by 1872 and to at least 1879. He then moved to Bamberg, was a bookkeeper there by 1900, and had been elected County Treasurer for at least two terms (1897-99).
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records, with his presence at Sharpsburg from Colonel McMaster's list for the 17th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA), online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has him as Joseph Josiah Dickerson; the US Census of 1870 and 1880; a bio sketch from Ellison Capers in the Confederate Military History;1 and his obituary in the Bamberg Herald of 19 August 1909. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Eugenia W Moye (1836-1902) in 1859 and they had 5 children between 1860 and 1876.
His father William Josiah Dickinson (1792-1842) was probably born as Josiah Dickinson in Bermuda and also had a store at Buford's Bridge.
05/16/1836; Barnwell District, SC
08/13/1909; burial in Moye Family Cemetery, Bufords Bridge, SC
1 Evans, Clement Anselm, editor, Confederate Military History, 12 Volumes, Atlanta: The Confederate Publishing Company, 1899, Vol. 5, pg. 549 [AotW citation 26243]