In the dark days of the Rebellion he answered his country's call, enlisting August 12, 1862, at Pine Grove schoo, recruited in Lake county and mustered into the United States service at Indianapolis Sept. 27, 1862, by Captain James Biddle, serving in Co. A, 99th Indiana Infantry, until honorably discharged and mustered out of the service at Washington, D.C., June 5, 1865, by Captain John O. Nelson.
He took part in 21 battles and was with Sherman in his march of 346 miles to the sea. His regiment marched 3,620 miles in its regular campaign, was transported by water 1,895 miles, was transported by railroad 716 miles, making a grand total of 6,231 miles, covering a portion of 15 states.
On January 23, 1868, he was married to Irene Day. To this union were born two children, who died in infancy. Mrs. Irene Dickinson departed from this life August 15, 1890. On April 5, 1893, he was married to Mrs. Anna Shirley Kinzie. To this union was born one child, Lela A. Dickinson.
About 1885 he became identified with the Christian church, confessing his Lord and Master by the act of baptism. To the day of his death he has been a conscientious and energetic Christian, serving in several official capacities in the church from which he has been called to a higher and better life. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mrs. Anna Dickinson; his daughter, Miss Lela A. Dickinson; his brothers, Cyrus F. Dickinson, all of Lowell Ind.; and Alonzo Dickinson, of Hammond, Ind.; also a large circle of relatives and friends. He was ever a loving, faithful husband in his home. The spirit of kindness, gentleness and love was ever shown forth by his words and actions. He died as he lived, putting all his trust in the gospel of Christ.
The funeral was held at the Christian church, Saturday, at 2 p.m. and was attended by a large number of his old friends and neighbors. Rev. E.F. Winkler preached the funeral sermon. The quartette of the church sang very appropriate selections. Undertaker Weaver had charge of the burial service. Members of Burnham Post G.A.R. saluted the dead. Interment was made at the Lowell cemetery. The following acted as pall bearers: E.H. Dickinson, L.A. Dickinson, W.G. Dickinson, H.H. Dickinson (nephews), W.W. Dickinson and W.T. Dickinson (cousins). The following Sons of Veterans acted as honorary pall bearers: Homer Stowell, Will Einspahr, Walter Einspahr, Edson Worley, Edmond Worley and Frank Worley.
The following from out of town attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Huff and daughter, of Hebron; Mr. and Mrs. Bart Dickinson and daughter, of Crown Point; Mrs. B. Tyson and son, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Dickinson and son, of Hammond; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Eastridge, of Hammond; Mr. Alonzo Dickinson, of Hammond; Mr. W.G. Dickinson, of East Chicago; Mrs. A.G. Slocomb, of East Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dickinson, of Indiana Harbor; Mr. and Mrs. A. Texter and daughter, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Brown, of Chicago; Mrs. Eunice Fleming, of Chicago; Mrs. Edith Craft, of Fontana, Wis.; Mrs. W. McCain, of Hammond; Mr. and Mrs. C. Bryant, of Hammond; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sweany, of Hebron; and Mr. Will Schultz, of Morrocco.
Go to Thomas Dickinson, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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