General Nathaniel Lyon
General Nathaniel Lyon (1818 - 1861) was the first Union general to be killed in the Civil War and is most known for his actions in the state of Missouri at the beginning of the war. General Lyon is a controversial figure from the Civil War because some credit his quick action and hard line Unionism for stopping the Missouri secession but others question his influence and role in events such as the Camp Jackson Affair.
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Charles Carleton Coffin Drum-Beat of the Nation (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1915)