By SCV Camp 1708, Scottsdale, Arizona
Pvt. Nixon joined the 1st Battalion Sharpshooters [also called 10th and 20th Battalion] which was organized during the fall of 1862 with three Mississippi companies from the 2nd Confederate Infantry Regiment.
Attached to General Rust’s and Featherston’s Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, it participated in numerous conflicts around Vicksburg. Continuing under the command of General Featherston, the battalion fought with the Army of Tennessee from Resaca to Bentonville. In December, 1864, it had 54 officers and men fit for duty, but only a handful surrendered on April 26, 1865.
It was commanded by Majors William A. Rayburn and James M. Stigler.