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About Colonel George Henry Nixon (CSA)
George Henry Nixon married Sarah S. Busby in Lawrence County on August 18, 1842 and they had six children: Augusta, William Thomas, Henry, Florence, Minnie, and Kate.
Nixon served in the Mexican War joining the Lawrenceburg Blues (Co. B. 1st Tennessee Infantry) on May 28, 1846 as First Lieutenant and was wounded at the Battle of Monterrey. He practised law in Lawrenceburg and served in the Tennessee House of Representative in the 28th (1849-51) and 31st (1855-57) General Assemblies. He served in the State Senate in the 30th (1853-55) General Assembly. He was appointed by President Buchanan to Federal office in the Territory of Nebraska.
Resigning this position, he returned to Tennessee, and enlisted for duty in the Confederate Army. He was elected major of the 23rd Tennessee Infantry. After the Battle of Ft. Donelson he was elected colonel of the 48th Tennessee Infantry, and fought at the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky. In that battle the 48th Tennessee, led by Col. Nixon, made a gallant charge, capturing 165 prisoners and Nixon was wounded by canister in making the charge. He took part in the Battle of Murfreesboro and in the Tullahoma Campaign and fought at Chickamauga. In 1863 Nixon was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2nd Confederate Congress. After Chickamauga he joined Forrest's command, raising a Tennessee cavalry regiment which he led in the campaigns of 1864 and 1865. He participated in the rearguard actions protecting Hood's army in its retreat from Nashville.
In 1870 he was elected Chancery Court Judge (1870-86) for the 9th Division. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a Democrat. He died at his home near Lawrenceburg. There is a monument in the public square in Lawrenceburg to his memory and that of the soldiers who fought with him in Mexico.