When Nathaniel Lyon Court Martialed the Second Cousin of Robert E. Lee

In the years prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, well over two-hundred future field commanders in the war were stationed in Missouri. These soldiers included Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, James Longstreet, William T. Sherman, Braxton Bragg, and many others. They were trained and drilled on the parade ground of Jefferson Barracks Military … More When Nathaniel Lyon Court Martialed the Second Cousin of Robert E. Lee

Major Horace A. Conant and the Planter’s House Hotel Meeting

Many of us know the story of the infamous Planter’s House Hotel meeting on June 11, 1861. The six most-influential political and military leaders in the State of Missouri at the start of the American Civil War – Major General Sterling Price, Governor Claiborne Jackson, Thomas Snead, Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, Colonel Francis P. Blair, … More Major Horace A. Conant and the Planter’s House Hotel Meeting

Major Samuel D. Sturgis Reports on the Death of General Nathaniel Lyon

Just ten days after the defeat of the Army of the West at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Major Samuel D. Sturgis wrote his official report from army headquarters at Camp Cary Gratz near Rolla, Missouri. His “baptism of fire” of the Civil War could not have been more of a nightmare for Sturgis: losing … More Major Samuel D. Sturgis Reports on the Death of General Nathaniel Lyon