US Military Academy at West Point/Captain Joseph Dixon


I recently visited Ft. Donelson.  My gg-uncle, Captain Joseph Dixon (Confederate Artillery), was killed there on the day preceding the general battle.  He was a West Pointer and I'd like any information on his dates of West Point attendance, his classmates and who else was a student there while he was a cadet.  According to the park rangers at Ft. Donelson, Dixon was well regarded by his contemporaries and considered to have been a great loss to the Confederacy.  I'd also like information on how to pursue his old army military records between graduation and his enlistment with the Confederacy.

It's good to hear from you, Mitchell.  Thanks for your interest in West Point.

My primary reference is the "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the US Military Academy," published annually by the West Point Association of Graduates.  Per the "Register," Joseph Dixon of Tennessee graduated with the Class of 1858 on July 1st of that year.  They entered on July 1, 1854.  

He was commissioned as a Topographical Engineer.  He resigned in 1861 and became a Captain in the Engineers of the CSA.  He was killed at Fort Donaldson, TN on Feb 13th, 1862 at age 28.

There were 27 graduates in that class, as follows:

Bascom, George N (1858)
Bell, William H (1858)
Brewer, Richard H (1858)
Carey, Asa B (1858)
Cressey, Edward P (1858)
Dixon, Joseph (1858)
Echols, William H (1858)
Frank, Royal T (1858)
Gooding, Oliver P (1858)
Hallonquist, James H (1858)
Harker, Charles G (1858)
Ingraham, Charles H (1858)
Jackson, Andrew Jr (1858)
Jesup, Charles E (1858)
McKee, Samuel (1858)
Miller, Marcus P (1858)
Napier, Leroy Jr (1858)
Nicodemus, William J (1858)
Paine, William C (1858)
Reed, Sardine P (1858)
Robinson, William G (1858)
Saunders, John S (1858)
Tannatt, Thomas R (1858)
Thomas, Bryan M (1858)
VanHorn, James J (1858)

You can check on his military record through the following link:

I hope this helps.  Good luck in your quest, Philip.

Best Regards,

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I can answer questions about admissions to West Point; about the history of West Point; about how to travel to West Point, where to eat, where to stay, etc.; and about West Point`s alumni organization, the West Point Association of Graduates.


I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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