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    Nathaniel Lyon Civil War Autograph Letter Signed "N. Lyon," one page, 8.25" x 10.25", June 3, 1861, Head Quarters St. Louis Arsenal, to Col F(ranz) Sigel. In part: "... Of course the Govt must assume all injuries which are unavoidable, but I am unwilling to commit it to the payment of such injuries as have arisen from wastefulness, or wanton mischief." Lyon was put in charge of the St. Louis arsenal at the outbreak of the war. He immediately broke up Camp Jackson, where the secessionist governor, Claiborne F. Jackson, had quartered the state militia. By the spring of 1861, Lyon had subdued all the hostile sections of the state. When a Confederate force from Arkansas advanced into Missouri and was joined by Missouri's secessionist militia, Lyon attacked them at Wilson's Creek, Aug. 10. He was killed in the battle. Sigel was in command of the German troops in the St. Louis area. He served in Missouri during 1861 and then was ordered east where he spent the remainder of the war. Folds, ink smear in closing not affecting signature, else fine. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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