By David R. Schleper
On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began as Confederate forces bombarded Fort Sumter which was held by a dedicated group of Union soldiers.
With the news of the attack, Minnesota was the first state to answer President Abraham Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers to serve in the Union army. Scott County citizens gathered for a meeting on April 20 at the Scott County Courthouse. Immediate support was given to defend the union of the nation.
Alexander H. Lyons, his wife, Eliza A. Lyons, and their family moved to Shakopee in 1855. Stephen, who was born in New York in 1839, was the oldest of four brothers, all of whom served during the Civil War.
Stephen went to St. Paul to enlist for the war on April 25, 1861. His brother, Harrison, also joined the war, and both Stephen and Harrison were wounded at Gettysburg.
George F. Lyons, born in 1841, served in the 9th Minnesota Infantry, and John L Lyons, born in 1847, served in the 11th Minnesota. They both arrived back to Minnesota without any physical problems.
And so, now you know about the four brothers. Stephen, Harrison, George, and John; the Lyons brothers, from Shakopee, and part of the large number of Shakopee people who fought for our nation during the Civil War.
(Some information from The Diary of Daniel M. Storer from 1849 to 1905: A Pioneer Builder and Merchant; Historical Scene: “Scott County’s Civil War Veterans Remembered” by Scot Stone, Aug./Sept. 2011, p. 15; Vangsness, Dave. “Stephen Lyons (1838-1907).” Find A Grave. findagrave.com/memorial/36766844.)