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    GENERAL NATHANIEL LYON, FIRST UNION GENERAL KILLED IN THE CIVIL WAR, AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. "M.N. Lyon". One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Camp Lyon, St. Louis, May 20, 1861, to Colonel D. Hassendeubel of the 3rd Missouri Volunteers. Nathaniel Lyon is often credited with stopping the Missouri secessionist movement though some of his motivations and methods have earned him harsh criticism. On May 10, 1861 troops under Lyon's command opened fire on a crowd of St. Louis citizens injuring 90 and killing 28 of them. The incident later became known as the St. Louis Massacre. This letter was written 10 days after the incident. It reads in full: "In respect to your report upon Arms and the movements of the secessionists, in your vicinity and at Manchester, it is important that you keep us fully advised as possible, and report whatever may be of interest, but without further consultation with the Gen'l commanding the Dept. I have no orders to give concerning them." Lyon was killed in August of 1861 at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, earning him the dubious distinction of being the first Union general killed in the Civil War.

    Condition:
    The letter has minor soiling at the edges, a couple of ink smears, with the usual folds present, otherwise it is in fine condition.


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