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 William Penn Lyon

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William Penn Lyon

  • Birth 28 Oct 1822 Chatham, Columbia County, New York, USA
  • Death 4 Apr 1913 Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Plot Section P, Block 52
  • Memorial ID 10623263

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was district attorney of Racine County, Wisconsin and was involved in the state Legislature. To support volunteer troops, he enlisted and was elected Captain of a company in the Eagle Regiment in 1861. As part of the 4th Army Corps, he was promoted Major in the 8th Wisconsin Infantry on January 18, 1862. With the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, he participated in various expeditions in Kentucky and Tennessee until September 1863. In April 1864, he was promoted Colonel in command of the 13th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry assigned to guarding trains and lines of communication in northern Alabama from Confederate guerrillas. From June 1865 to November 1865, the 13th was sent to New Orleans and into Texas to repel rebel outposts. For duty diligently and faithfully performed, he was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on October 26, 1865. After the war, he resumed his legal political career and served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court retiring as Chief Justice, in 1894. Toward the end of his life, he moved to California to be near his children and was active in the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 7 San Jose, until his death.

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 15 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10623263
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Penn Lyon (28 Oct 1822–4 Apr 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10623263, citing Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .