The Death of General Nathaniel Lyon
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is honored to display a series of 13 steel engravings and prints depicting the death of Union General Nathaniel Lyon in conjunction with the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek. These prints and engravings are from various sources of the Civil War time period, including Harpers Weekly, Currier and Ives and Kurz and Allison.
General Nathaniel Lyon was killed on August 10, 1861 at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Lyon was leading a charge of 2nd Kansas Infantry when he was killed on Bloody Hill, becoming the first Union general killed in combat during the Civil War.
The majority of the pieces are on loan to the park from a private collector who is excited that this artwork will be viewed by the public in its entirety. Superintendent Hillmer stated, "Having this collection for the public to enjoy brings history alive through the eyes of artists. Come and view the different images from the perspective of different artists."