Woodward. Life of General Nathaniel Lyon (1862)
Woodward. Life of General Nathaniel Lyon (1862)
Woodward. Life of General Nathaniel Lyon (1862)
Woodward. Life of General Nathaniel Lyon (1862)

Woodward. Life of General Nathaniel Lyon (1862)

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Woodward, Ashbel. Life of General Nathaniel Lyon. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Co., 1862. First Edition. [7815]

Black publisher's pebble cloth, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, edges worn with loss of cloth at the ends & corners, cloth at front outer hinge worn through in places, the board is not loose. Frontispiece engraving of Gen. Lyon with facsimile signature & tissue gard, foxed. xii, (13)-360 pp., with plates & maps. Foxing, a bit shaken. Fair. Hardcover.

Nathaniel Lyon (1818-1861), b. Ashford, Connecticut; d. Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri. A graduate of West Point (1841), Lyon served with the 2nd US Infantry in Florida, California, Kansas, and in the Mexican War.

"Throughout his career, Lyon exhibited a violent, hair-trigger temper and proved a contentious and nearly unpromotable subordinate, challenging authority at all levels." He was court-martialed in 1842 for his harsh punishment of an enlisted man, and in 1850, in northern California, "as a response to separate killings by Indians of two white settlers and an Army topographical engineer...Lyon's men exterminated nearly two entire tribes, totaling more than four hundred individuals."

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Lyon and two companies of infantry were transferred to Saint Louis to protect the US arsenal there. His rash and courageous actions resulted in several victories over militias aligned with the Confederacy.  Lyon was killed during the Battle of Wilson's Creek (Aug. 10, 1861), the first Union general to be killed in the War. - quotations from Civil War on the Western Border online.