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American National Biography

Nathaniel Lyon

Army Officer

A U.S. Army officer, Lyon was born in rural Ashford (later Eastford), Connecticut, the son of Amasa Lyon, a farmer and local lawyer, and Kezia Knowlton. Wilson Creek is the site of Lyon's death, where he became the North's first battlefield hero, its first general to fall.

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