George E. Dixon was a first lieutenant in the Confederate Army but his early life is unknown and the only census in 1860 listed him at the age of 23. George's profession was steamboat engineer and he resided in New Orleans, Louisiana before moving to Mobile, Alabama for reasons unknown. During Georges time in Alabama he joined a militia company called The Washington Light Infantry of Mobile and in the fall of 1861 the militia became part of the Confederate Army. During the early months of 1862 Georges regiment, The 21st Alabama Infantry Regiment moved towards Corinth, Mississippi to participate in the Battle of Shioh and during this battle George would be shot in the left leg but the bullet did not penetrate him being saved by his $20 gold coin given to him by his lover. George E. Dixon, at the age of 27 was selected to command the newly commissioned H. L. Hunley on it's first attack on a Union Navy ship. During this first attack the Hunley got with 20 feet of the USS Housatonic in the Charleston Harbor. The USS Housatonic was stationed at the Charleston Harbor in Charleston, South Carolina as a blockade against the Confederate Army making it harder for the Confederacy to get supplies into South Carolina. The Hunley was able to embed a torpedo into the Housatoic's hull and reversed away before it exploded. The Housatoic was destroyed and unknowingly to the Union, The Hunley sunk due to the shock wave that explosion caused and all 8 crew members to die instantly. In 1995 the submarine was found and in 2000 it was risen from its underwater grave(pictured on the deck on the ship, notice that its constantly being kept wet). During the conservation process in 2004 the submarine had to be hand watered down every 20 mins to prevent it from crumbling and breaking apart. During the early year of 2005 with all the incrustation removed from the submarine they were able to finally look side and remove artifacts and this is when it was discovered that George was in the submarine when it sank, Maria Jacobsen during a look around inside found Georges coin(pictured) The $20 Gold Coin was found to be a 1860 with inscription on the back reading "Shiloh April 6, 1862 My life Preserver G. E. D." referencing the day which the coin saved his life. here is the full coin As of November 2017 The Hunley on display at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina undergoing sodium hydroxide bathing to preserve the submarine (pictured).