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 (1861-1865) Civil War Battles (Western Theater)
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
Posts: 1797
Joined: 2004
Wilsons Creek, August 13, 1861
8/13/2022 11:03:40 AM
Wilsons Creek, August 13, 1861
8/13/2022 2:15:23 PM
Hi Larry,

A couple of the officers in this article, are left wanting by history, Gen Seigel was a political appointed german officer, known for his retreats! & Gen Fremont ran for President, & didn't fare well, partly because of his non successful Civil War record!? And General Lyon was certainly a failure in regards to this battle, at least as portrayed!? I bet the CSA forces wished all Union officers were like them!??

But again this is what I have read about these guys, & I can't substantiate it!? for sure??

What say you? Anyone??

Regards,
MD
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Phil Andrade
London  UK
Posts: 6497
Joined: 2004
Wilsons Creek, August 13, 1861
8/13/2022 4:42:59 PM
Hi Dave,

How delightful to see that you’ve joined the party !

I began to think that Larry and I were the last men standing, conducting a conversation between the two of us.

Lyon strikes me as a frightening man ; a warrior to his toenails and a furious foe.

We’re I a Southerner in 1861, I imagine I’d have heaved a sigh of relief to learn that he’d met his death on the battlefield.

Fremont and Siegel were dream opponents for the South : Lyon a nightmare to go up against.

This is my impression; I must admit to scant knowledge about this episode of the war.

Regards, Phil
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"Egad, sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox!" "That will depend, my Lord, on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress." Earl of Sandwich and John Wilkes
Michigan Dave
Muskegon MI USA
Posts: 8302
Joined: 2006
Wilsons Creek, August 13, 1861
8/15/2022 9:26:47 AM
Thanks Phil,

I do read them all, but time or knowledge keep me from to many posts!

I'll try & post more?
Cheers!
MD
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"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."
Phil Andrade
London  UK
Posts: 6497
Joined: 2004
Wilsons Creek, August 13, 1861
8/15/2022 3:57:58 PM
Dave,

Let’s find out more about this guy Lyon.

He sounds like an Old Testament fanatic.

Every now and then wars throw up these zealots, who have a disproportionate effect on outcomes.

I wonder if Lyon was the sort of warrior who would have carried out a real “ total war” against secession, not just against the property of southerners, in the mode of Sherman, but against the citizens themselves, visiting death in the manner of an avenging angel .

Regards, Phil
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"Egad, sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox!" "That will depend, my Lord, on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress." Earl of Sandwich and John Wilkes

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