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Nathaniel Lyon

 
 
Front of Monument to General Nathanial Lyon image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, July 1, 2011
1. Front of Monument to General Nathanial Lyon
Inscription.
August 10 1861
Lyon

 
Erected 1874 by Lyon Monument Association.
 
Location. 38° 35.6′ N, 90° 12.65′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Broadway Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The monument to General Nathanial Lyon is located at the center of Lyon Park which borders Broadway Boulevard and Arsenal Street. Lyon Park is located between the Budweiser Brewery and the Old Armory. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63118, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Louis Arsenal (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Basilica of Saint Louis, King (approx. 2.5 miles away); Union Station (approx. 2.5 miles away); Dred and Harriet Scott (approx. 2.5 miles away); Joseph Pulitzer (approx. 2.5 miles away); Aloe Plaza (approx. 2.5 miles away); La Rue Missouri (approx. 2.6 miles away); In Memory of Robert E. Lee (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Louis.
 
More about this marker. In 1868, the city of St Louis sought to acquire the present site of Lyon Park, which was the western portion of the grounds of the St. Louis
Close up - front of Lyon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, July 1, 2011
2. Close up - front of Lyon Monument
Arsenal. An Act of Congress on March 3, 1869 granted that section of the grounds between Fourth Street and Carondelet Avenue to the city as a public park. The grant was made on the condition that the city build a monument to General Nathaniel Lyon within three years. The grounds were transferred to the City in September, 1871.

A movement to erect an equestrian statue of Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed in the Civil War battle of Wilson's Creek in 1861, was started by survivors of the War in 1865 and $15,000 was raised by public subscription and a grant from the County Court in 1868. Three years later, the idea of a statue was abandoned in favor of a granite obelisk. This 28-foot shaft of Missouri granite was dedicated on September 13, 1874 in Lyon Park, the site being the spot where Gen. Lyon organized his military division for the campaign in Western Missouri, and where occurred the first military preparations for the Western Army on the Federal side.

The monument was reported to have been decorated with a bronze medallion of a relief portrait of Lyon on its west side and on the east side a similar medallion containing a classic figure symbolizing war and peace.
Neither medallion was present on photos of the monument taken June 2011.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Closeup of Lyon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, June 30, 2011
3. Closeup of Lyon Monument
Back of Lyon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, July 1, 2011
4. Back of Lyon Monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Camero of Edwardsville, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,164 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Camero of Edwardsville, Illinois. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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