Litchfield News

Revolutionary War soldier is Post 44 vet of the month (08-07-19)

Berclee Cameron of New Haven (holding flag) and Cleve Fuessenich of Litchfield watch the veteran of the month service in Bantam on Saturday. They are descendants of veteran of the month Oliver Dickinson Jr. BZ photos
A Revolutionary War soldier with a descendant living in Litchfield was recognized as the veteran of the month by American Legion Post 44 in Bantam on Saturday.
Post 44, as part of its celebration of Litchfield’s 300th anniversary, honored Colonial Army Pvt. Oliver Dickinson Jr., an ancestor of Cleve Fuessenich of Litchfield. Fuessenich and his sister, Berclee Cameron of New Haven, were on hand for the service.
Dickinson was born in Litchfield on July 10, 1757, lived in Milton, and died on May 23, 1847. He is buried in Milton, where he worked as a carpenter after the war and in 1837 built Trinity Episcopal Church.
Dickinson was one of nine children of Oliver and Mary Dickinson. He learned how to read and write at a young age and at 19 enlisted in the Colonial Army. He was a guard with the army in New York City and was in the city when the British landed on Long Island and moved in to capture the city.
After a hospital stay following an illness, Dickinson was furloughed to Litchfield so he could recover. He married Anna Landon and moved to Milton, where Dickinson would father 10 children.
Dickinson re-enlisted or was drafted several more times during the Revolutionary and saw action in battles in Danbury and Fishkill, N.Y., guarded troop transports traveling from Litchfield to New York City, and served guard duty in New Haven.
A color guard, right, was in Revolutionary War uniform.
Post 44 member Reggie Harrison salutes during the national anthem.
Post 44 Commander John Lilley thanks the crowd for turning out.