Local author Dan Lee has released his sixth book, “General Hylan B. Lyon: A Kentucky Confederate and the War in the West.”
Published by the University of Tennessee Press, the book explores the life of Lyon who attended West Point and served in the United States Army until 1861. He resigned his commission to serve with the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Lyon rose to the rank of brigadier general and served under leaders including “Fighting Joe” Wheeler and Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was given his own command in 1864 and led a raid against the L&N Railroad in Hardin County.
Briefly living in Mexico after the war, Lyon returned to Kentucky in 1866 and became a member of the General Assembly, a prison reformer and Eddyville mayor before dying in 1907.
Lee is a retired Hardin County school teacher. Most of his books feature events from Hardin County during the Civil war.
He’s researching the Mobile and Ohio Railroad during the Civil War hoping it becomes his next book.
“General Hylan B. Lyon: A Kentucky Confederate and the War in the West” can be found at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and from the publisher.