To the east and left of the flagpole circle is a the Lyon monument with a knight’s helmet, a battle axe and a wreath on top of a four-foot pillar. Dedicated to General Nathaniel Lyon, who died at the battle of Wilson Creek and was later buried in his native state of Connecticut.
General Lyon was given an award posthumously.
General Order No 111 dated December 30, 1861,
“Thanks of United States Congress to General Lyon’s command: Joint Resolution expressive of the recognition by Congress of the gallant and patriotic services of the late Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, and the officers and soldiers under his command, at the battle of Wilson Creek, Missouri.” (General Lyon was in the United States Army of the West, Operations, August 5-9, 1861.)