Birth: Sep. 20, 1836, Cincinnati, Hamilton County.
Death: Sep. 22, 1863, Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County Georgia.
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Civil War Union Brigadier General. A Cincinnati, Ohio lawyer, he served as a captain in the Mexican War, became a member of the Ohio state legislature and, in1857, made an unsuccessful attempt to be the state’s lieutenant governor. After losing the election he was named the Major General of the Ohio militia. At the start of the Civil War he was commissioned Colonel of the 10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, leading troops through West Virginia. During the early stages of the conflict, he was wounded twice and taken prisoner once. After being released by the Confederates in 1862 he was promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers. He was killed at the battle of Chickamauga.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
No. 63. Chattanooga, Tenn., April 27, 1864.
The defenses of Chattanooga will hereafter be know by the names given to them in this order.
The Star for, on the spur southwest of the railroad depot, will be known as Fort Lytle, in honor of Brigadier General William H. Lytle, who was killed at the battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863.