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Gravestone of Thomas Dixson, in front of Fort Beauséjour Museum, Aulac, N.B.
In mid-November, 1776, a poorly armed band of American sympathizers under Jonathan Eddy invested Fort Cumberland, hoping to capture it and induce Nova Scotians to join the rebelling colonies. Captain Thomas Dixson and three volunteers sailed across Minas Basin and went to Halifax to warn the authorities, securing the assistance of a force which helped rout the invaders. Dixson later represented Cumberland Town in the Nova Scotia Assembly (1777-1785) and Westmorland in the New Brunswick Legislature (1792-1802). He died at his Point de Bute farm.

À la mi-novembre 1776, un groupe de sympathisants américains mal armés, sous le commandement de Jonathan Eddy, investit le Fort Cumberland, pour le capturer et pousser la Nouvelle-Écosse à se rallier à leurs révolutions. Le capitaine Thomas Dixson et trois volontaires traversèrent le bassin des Mines et alertèrent les autorités de Halifax. Celles-ci détachèrent des soldats pour chasser l'envahisseur. Plus tard, Dixson fut député de Cumberland Town à l'Assemblée de la Nouvelle-Écosse (1777-1785) et de Westmorland à l'Assemblée du Nouveau-Brunswick (1792-1802). Il mourut à Pointe-de-Bute.
Marker placed by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, in 1938.
Thomas Dixson (1732-1809)

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1732, Thomas Dixson came to Norfolk, Connecticut, with his parents when he was a young boy. He had an active military career and his importance during the American Revolution is commemorated by the above plaque. He was 77 years old when he died and was originally buried in Jolicure, N.B. On Sunday 24 July 1938, his disintered ashes were reburied with full military honours on the site of the old parade ground of Fort Beauséjour. Dixson was praised as "a soldier who saved the Maritimes for the Empire." Speakers at the ceremony recalled "how he had braved the Bay of Fundy in an open boat to bring reinforcements when the fort was besieged by American rebels." More than 500 uniformed troops participated in the ceremony which was "transmitted . . . to all parts of the Dominion by the Canadian Broadcasting network" (quotations from The Springhill Record, 28 July 1938).

See leaflet, Memories of the Marsh: Burials at Fort Beauséjour National Historic Site available from Fort Beauséjour.

On Dixson's role in seeking help from Halifax, see Clarke, Ernest, The Siege of Fort Cumberland, 1776: An Episode in the American Revolution (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995), pp. 134-152.


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