Killed in the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri in 1861
(1818-61) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1841. He fought against the Florida Seminoles, and was brevetted to rank of captain for bravery and gallantry while fighting in the Mexican War. Before the Civil War, he served in "Bleeding Kansas," where his political and military ideas were formulated. He was promoted to brigadier general on May 17, 1861, and more than any other man, General Lyon saved the border state of Missouri for the Union. He was killed in action at the battle of Wilson's Creek, near Springfield, Mo., on August 10, 1861.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/8 x 3 5/8 card. Full standing view in uniform with epaulettes and holding his hat and sword. Photographer's label on the reverse: McClees Photographer, 910 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Light age toning, and slight staining on the reverse. Edges of the mount are trimmed.