The General William Haines Lytle, Camp No. 10, Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War held a memorial program on September 24, 2017 at his graveside in Spring Grove Cemetery. This memorial program has been held annually since the year 2000 on the Sunday closest to the date of General Lytle’s death at the Battle of Chickamauga, except for the year 2013 when the Lytle monument on the Chickamauga battlefield was rededicated by the General Lyle Camp, on September 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM, exactly 150 years to the day and the hour of General Lytle’s death.
General William Haines Lytle was a prodigy, a poet, a politician and a patriot. He is remembered by most of us as a military man – which is just as it should be. But we should remember, too, that he was also a man keenly interested in the law, in politics, and, perhaps surprisingly, in poetry. He was sometimes referred to as “the soldier-poet,” and is best known for his poem “Anthony and Cleopatra.”