★  Lytle, William Haines

William Haines Lytle


Born: November 2, 1826

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Father: Robert Todd Lytle 1804 – 1839
(Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio)​

Mother: Elizabeth Haines 1805 – 1841
(Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio)​


Graduated from Cincinnati College​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio​
Served in Mexican – American War as Captain​
Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio​
Ohio State Representative​
1857: Unsuccessful Candidate for Lt. Governor of Ohio​
1857 – 1861: Major General in Ohio State Militia​
Known for his poet writings​
1858: Author of Antony and Cleopatra, One of his most famous​
1860: Campaigner for Stephen A. Douglas for President Campaign​
1860: Unsuccessful Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 10th​ Ohio Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in the fighting in Western Virginia​
1861: Wounded during the Battle of Carnifex Ferry​
Union Army Commander of Bardstown, Kentucky training camp​
1862: Wounded and captured at Battle of Perryville, Kentucky​
1862 – 1863: Prisoner of War held by the Confederate Army​
1862 – 1863: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1863: Mortally Wounded during Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia​

Died: September 20, 1863

Place of Death: Field hospital at Crawfish Springs, Georgia

Cause of Death: Died from his wounds

Age at time of Death: 36 years old

Burial Place: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Lampasas Bill

Sep 24, 2018
On November 29, 1862, Lytle was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers. In September 1863 the officers of the 10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which he had originally led, presented him with a jeweled Maltese cross. Eleven days later he was killed at Chickamauga. This cdv from my collection shows him wearing the cross. It was taken by Schwing & Rudd, "Photographers, Army of the Cumberland."
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First Sergeant
Dec 16, 2011
Saint Joseph
I have a warm regard for this General. He was a lawyer in Cincinnati, and was well known as a Poet, and when he was killed, soldiers from both sides were respectful with his body, and If I am not mistaken, the Confederates even guarded his body, and shed a tear. It is said most could recite his "Antony and Cleopatra" by heart. His family and mine were in Cincinnati at the same time and my GGGGrandfather's son (from a first wife) even named one of his sons ( William Haines Lytle Wiseman) after this man. That would have been in 1853, long before he died a soldier's glorious death at Chickamauga.


2nd Lieutenant
Jul 21, 2008
Kent, Washington
In the midst of a battle like Chickamauga, with thousands of rifles being fired amid clouds of smoke who could know who shot who? And Longstreet's intense attack doesn't seem a sniperish situation.

"I am dying, Egypt, dying..."

Buckeye Bill

Forum Host
Annual Winner
Jul 29, 2013
That cemetery where he is buried, Spring Grove, is also the burial place of Salmon P. Chase, Joseph Hooker, and several other generals.

* My Uncle Steve (USMC Vietnam Vet) standing in front of the Hooker grave at the Spring Grove Cemetery.