General Nathaniel Lyon and Missouri in 1861- 1866 Edition
General Nathaniel Lyon and Missouri in 1861 - A Monograph of the Great Rebellion- James Peckham. 1866 Edition - Hardcover, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2", 447 Pages.
Nathaniel Lyon (July 14, 1818 – August 10, 1861) was the first Union general to be killed in the American Civil War and is noted for his actions in the state of Missouri at the beginning of the conflict.
He fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican–American War, before being sent to the divided state of Kansas, where he developed strong pro-Union views. In February 1861, Lyon was made commander of the Union arsenal in St. Louis, Missouri (another divided state), where Lyon forced the surrender of the pro-Confederate militia. This caused a riot by civilians, with Lyon’s troops firing into the crowd (Camp Jackson Affair). Lyon was promoted brigadier-general and given command of Union troops in Missouri. He was killed at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, while trying to rally his outnumbered soldiers. However, Lyon’s efforts had prevented the State of Missouri from joining the Confederacy.
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