William Benjamin Dickson was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on November 3, 1836. His parents were Frederick and Elizabeth Hall Dickson. He married Martha Cobbler on February 15, 1859 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
In March 1862, he enlisted in Capt. B. H. Motley’s Company,
C. S. Light Artillery (aka Pittsylvania Artillery). On October 17, 1862, he was detailed to hospital duty by Gen. Smith and by February 12, 1863 he was attached to the hospital at Palmyra, Virginia as Ward Master. He is listed as being detailed to Provost Guard duty in October 1863 due to physical disability and he also appears on a muster roll of the Provost Guard in Danville, Virginia in September 1864.
Mr. Dickson was admitted on April 19, 1917 to the Soldiers’ Home of R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1 at Richmond, Virginia. Admission required proof of good character, sobriety, and honorable service during the war. He was discharged from the soldiers home on June 25, 1917.
William Benjamin Dickson died on January 19, 1918 in Rodden, Halifax County, Virginia and was buried “near Dry Fork” in Pittsylvania County.