Civil War memoir of Sergeant Perry O. C. Nixon
This memoir of Perry Oliver Cook Nixon, written in 1907, details his Civil War experiences as a Union soldier in Company C of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, including the battles of Nashville and Atlanta, as well as Sherman's March to the Sea. Nixon also documents his childhood and his post-war experiences as a Labette County, Kansas settler. Loose items associated with the memoir are located at RH MS P646.
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Biography of Perry O. C. Nixon (1839-1917)
Perry Oliver Cook Nixon was born June 21, 1839 in Washington County, Pennsylvania to George and Christina (Pence) Nixon. In childhood, he moved with his parents to Jackson County, Ohio, and later resided in Knox County, Illinois.
In August 1861, Nixon was mustered into service as a private in Company C of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was later promoted to full sergeant. He served at the battles of Chickamauga, Nashville, and Atlanta, and participated in Gernal William Sherman's March to the Sea and the Grand Review at Washington, D. C. He was mustered out on July 4, 1865.
Nixon married Virginia Humphreys on January 1, 1866 in Illinois. In 1869, they moved to Kansas, where he purchased land and farmed in the Osage Township of Labette County. Nixon died October 4, 1917.
1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder)
Scope and Contents
This 96-page memoir of Perry O. C. Nixon details his Civil War experiences as a Union soldier in Company C of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, including the battles of Nashville and Atlanta, as well as Sherman's March to the Sea. Affixed to page 97 is an official record of his service. In his memoir, Nixon also chronicles his childhood and occupations prior to the Civil War, his marriage and children, and his experiences as an early settler in Labette County, Kansas following the war. His Labette County accounts include details of litigation by its residents against the railroads and his perceptions of the Labette County murders which were attributed to the Bender family.
RH MS E195
RH MS P646
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 1997
- Guide to the Perry O. C. Nixon Collection
- Civil War memoir of Sergeant Perry O. C. Nixon
- Finding aid prepared by mh, 2006. Finding aid encoded by mh, 2006. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Civil War memoir of Sergeant Perry O. C. Nixon, Kansas Collection, RH MS E195, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas