Editor’s Note – This essay was subsequently published as: Dillon, R.T., Jr. (2023b) The Return of Captain Lyon. Pp 81 – 88 in The Freshwater Gastropods of North America Volume 6, Yankees at The Gap, and Other Essays. FWGNA Project, Charleston, SC.
“One man only remained behind. It was Captain Sidney S. Lyon, of Jeffersonville, one of Indiana’s most gifted engineers. As the Federal army moved away, he sat down upon a rock and waited. Beside him lay a black, snake-like rope, the end running into the steep side of the mountain. It was a fuse. He had mined the mountain and filled the hollow with all the powder the fleeing army could spare…The tramp of the marching died away; the commissary stores were burning, and still he sat, as the night fell over the heights and the darkness filled the ravines. Were the Confederates coming? He heard the faint hoof-beats, the rumble of a great force of men coming from the Tennessee side. There was the sparkle of a match, the splutter of powder, and a man fleeing down the mountain toward Kentucky for his life, and then…”
|Sidney Smith Lyon (1808 - 1872)|
In the fall and winter of 2016, a duller 154 years later, I spent a couple weeks in Frankfort, Kentucky, working with our good friend and colleague Ryan Evans on the freshwater gastropods of the Bluegrass State. I had been surveying the region in preparation for the roll out of our new FWGO web resource for several years and, at that juncture, fancied myself familiar with most elements of the freshwater gastropod fauna of the Ohio River basin. But what I found in KYDOW macrobenthic samples from little tributaries of the Green River, and even in some little creeks draining directly into The Ohio in western Kentucky, surprised me. To the point that I can still remember it four years later. Which at my age, is saying a lot.
|Western Kentucky or East Tennessee?|
|Goniobasis lyonii then  and now.|
|Attributed to S. S. Lyon |