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Damned Yankee Life of General Nathaniel Lyon

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S campaign to eliminate the secessionist element in the state He contends that Lyon's actions in Missouri in 1861 were congruent with his dogmatic personality and troubled past Damned Yankee is a complex often shocking portrait of one of the most controversial figures of the Civil War and a sobering study of how the faults of men may greatly affect histor.

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Nathaniel Lyon 1818 1861 was the first Union general to die in the Civil War Killed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek Missouri he became the North's first war hero famed as the man who saved Missouri for the Union In Damned Yankee chosen by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book in 1991 Christopher Phillips portrays Lyon not as the savior of a border state. Le droit musulman portrays Lyon not as the savior of a border state.

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Threatened by secessionist extremists but as an unbalanced monomaniacal Unionist zealot who purposely and perhaps unnecessarily brought war to a fragile state whose populace had voted overwhelmingly to stay out of the conflictPhillips meticulously examines Lyon's role in the Camp Jackson affair his uest to oust the pro southern governor of Missouri and hi. Mariage et liberté: Étude comparative entre le droit français, tunisien et musulman purposely and FIGARO (LE) [No 4167] du 29/01/1958 - anastasia, grande-duchesse ou aventuriere par aucleres - loi-cadre algerie adoptee en seconde lecture a l'assemblee par gabilly le droit de greve et la fonction publique hebergement par ravon la citrouille , satellite de l'armee us serait lancee cette semaine par sauvage operations de police chez les etudiants musulmans de paris important jaillissement de petrole dansle sahara oriental - une ombre par guehenno conference du pacte de bagdad jacques guerard perhaps unnecessarily brought war to a fragile state whose Droit musulman : du statut personnel et des successions d'après les différents rites, (Éd.1895) populace had voted overwhelmingly to stay out of the conflictPhillips meticulously examines Lyon's role in the Camp Jackson affair his uest to oust the Droit musulman - Des successions: D'après les différents rites, et plus particulièrement d'après le rite hanafite pro southern governor of Missouri and hi.


2 thoughts on “Damned Yankee Life of General Nathaniel Lyon

  1. says:

    Great book this guy was irascible bullheaded and may have been somewhat psychotic The first Union General to fall in the Civil War this is one of those Civil War tales that somewhat go by the wayside but this book gives such a solid account of this man his times and especially the powder keg that was Missouri leading into the Civil War I enjoy books about hot tempered Generals moving on to the next one shortly


  2. says:

    The role of the state of Missouri in the American Civil War is terribly complex as any student of the Western Theater is painfully aware Besides the difficulty of divided loyalties shattered into so many different factions and interests ― political social pro and anti slavery pro and anti Union economic interests German and Irish immigration etc ― one must also have a facile working familiarity with Bleeding Kansas as well as with the guerrilla war which in some ways can be seen as a second personal and ugly war contemporaneous with the Civil War While providing appropriate coverage of all these aspects of the story he would tell in Damned Yankee The Life of General Nathaniel Lyon Christopher Phillips has also provided a superb biographical recounting of the life of one of the most pivotal players in the early part of Missouri's Civil War tale Let me tell you something in technical terms alone in the level of research and private reflection reuired to produce this kind of book this is no mean featAlthough Phillips' prose flows smoothly enough this very well researched book is not particularly easy to read and understand A certain degree of familiarity with the story is not reuired but it's most definitely helpful and even then this is a book that demands real intellectual engagement and not infreuent pauses to let the implications of the text sink in to wrangle with them to engage with Phillips and his arguments and evidence to struggle with complex personalities long dead and to try to reach one's own conclusions about the subject matter under consideration I will tell you that this book has caused me to rethink my own assumptions about the character of Nathaniel Lyon and in truth to conclude that in certain ways I don't understand this man and perhaps I never will This kind of ambiguity about character is the opposite of what we expect to find in a biography but perhaps it is fitting with regard to Lyon who died so early in the war before leaving a substantial body of evidence for us to examineSometimes when reading this book I felt I detected a little bit of authorial bias seeping through This bothered me a few times but not overly so this is a balanced book and when Phillips is expressing his own opinions and conclusions these are usually apparent for what they are; what's we all have biases of which we are generally unaware and these lead to what is called style and tone in an author's voice Some of Phillips conclusions I disagree with whether these are about Lyon's personality or the significance of his stance at Springfield and Wilson's Creek although I freely admit that Phillips lays out his reasons for his conclusions uite clearly and even if I hold differing opinions or even divergent opinions I respect Phillips sufficiently to recognize that his viewpoint may be closer to the truth than my own In other words I will continue to grapple with this book now that I'm finished reading itMany students of the Civil War are partisan than I and depending on their starting point they will have very strong opinions about Nathaniel Lyon and so will probably reflexively praise or loathe this author and some or all of this book That is a shame I think All of our heroes eg Nathaniel Lyon andor Sterling Price say have human hearts all of them make mistakes all of them make some choices on the spur of the moment which in hindsight strike us as genius or as evidence of a heinous soul Whichever way your partisan leanings tend I think in this book you will find Lyon to be as terribly complex a character as the times in which he lived and died


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