British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Dickson, Alexander

By: Ron McGuigan

Dickson, Alexander (3 June 1777 - 22 April 1840)

Son of Admiral William Dickson and younger brother of Rear-Admiral Sir Archibald Dickson, 2nd Baronet.

Gentleman Cadet Royal Military Academy Woolwich 1793, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Artillery 1794, Lieutenant Royal Artillery 1795, Captain-Lieutenant 1801, 2nd Captain Royal Artillery 1804, Captain Royal Artillery 1805, Brevet Major 1812, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1812, Captain G Troop Royal Horse Artillery 1814, Major Royal Artillery 1823,  Lieutenant Colonel Royal Artillery 1825, Brevet Colonel 1825,  Colonel Royal Artillery 1836,  Major General 1837.

Served in Portuguese Service 1809-1814. Promoted Major 1809, Lieutenant Colonel 1812,  Brevet Colonel 1813

Early service: Minorca 1798, Malta 1800, South America 1807.

Peninsular War: Brigade Major Royal Artillery 1809. Commanded batteries Portuguese Artillery 1809-1813. Commanded all artillery in peninsula 1813-1814.

Other service: Commanded Royal Artillery in War of 1812 at Battle of New Orleans and capture of Fort Bowyer 1815. Commanded Siege Artillery on Continent 1815 and at Waterloo, attached to Prussian Army Siege Corps 1815. Inspector of Artillery 1822, Deputy Adjutant General Royal Artillery 1827-1840, Master Gunner 1833, a Director General of Artillery 1838.

Aide-de-Camp to the King 1825. KCB 1815. GCB 1838. KCH 1817.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: November 2006

 

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