September 20 - One hundred and fifty years prior, in 1863, Brigadier General William Lytle lost his life while rallying his blue-clad troops to stop the Confederate breakthrough. He was a published poet before the war and was well known by men in both armies. As a testimony to his character, Confederate officers even placed a guard around his body until it could be sent through the lines, back to his family in Cincinnati, Ohio. By the turn of the century, a large, three sided cannonball pyramid stood as a memorial to where Lytle fell on the battlefield. However, over time, the pyramid was stripped of all but one layer of its cannonballs. This was how the monument appeared for years, at least until now.
Through a joint effort of the National Park Service, the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Lytle Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans, the Lytle Monument has been restored and will be unveiled 150 years after the general's death at 1:30 p.m. on September 20, 2013. The public is invited to participate in this special rededication to this brave and valiant soldier. Parking for this program will be in the Recreation Field on Chickamauga Battlefield. www.nps.gov