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Re: Possible Black Confederate officer found

Here are the free men of color from Simpson County, 1860 Fed. Census and their Confederate service records.

Two Brothers...

Peter Perrett Co. A, 39th Miss. Inf. Regiment, private and Co. A, 6th Miss Cavalry. Mulatto.
James Perrett Co. A, 39th Miss. Inf. Regiment, private, and Co. A, 6th Miss. Cavalry and Captain Yerger's Company, Mississippi State Troops. Mulatto.

Their father was Enoch Perrett, mulatto and Nancy, mulatto. They were upper middle class according to their wealth and owned slaves.

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Lewis or Louis Dixon (According to which census you read he is either Mulatto or Black.) Co. B, 16th Miss. Inf. Regiment, private, and Company B, Stubbs, Regiment Mississippi State Cavalry and Captain Yerger's Company, Mississippi State Troops.His own statement for his pension application, as witnessed by the County Marshall/Census Officer and ex-Confederate Captain L. A. Mccaskill of Co. A, 39th Miss. inf., is as follows....

-Resident of Mississippi for 96 years
-I enlisted in Simpson County Mississippi
-Enlisted in 1861
-16th Miss. Col. Posey
-Company B
-Captain J. D. Funches
-Six Months of service
-Discharged in 1862
-Transferred to Stubbs Battalion
-Did not enlist a second time.
-Was not discharged before 1865
-Did not lose a foot or hand.
-Partial use of one leg caused by exposure.
-Disabled, cannot support self.
-irreversible hernia hydrocele hip joint disease
-Never awol
-Was with command at the surrender in 1865
-Surrendered at Port Gibson, Miss. and was not absent
-Farmer
-disabled from making money, does not hold office, no sons over between 16-21
-No home, no property ---lives at Dr. E. L. Walkers.. no relation. and no relations that have a duty to take care of him.
-He has five children.
-Signed Louis Calvin Dixon, Aug. 25, 1916. Approved Sept. 6, 1916

He received a soldiers pension, not servant or teamster, for his disabilities he received while in Confederate service.

His mother was white and her widowed name was Nichols. His wife was white and came from a slave owning family. Known throughout Simpson County as "Free Lewis" he was the main source of much of the written history of the area. He owned land and he and his family was buried on it. Sometime during the 20th Century, in order to reclaim land for farming, somebody bulldozed the Dixon cemetery into a nearby creek (probably Rials Creek, on his old land holdings).

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