Contractor: Joseph Coduri Granite Company
Material: Granite monument to replace Carrara marble monument damaged by the elements.
Date : Original marble monument 1865; granite replacement 1915
Features: The monument is a broken, fluted column. On top is an American eagle with its head bowed in mourning. In its beak is the end of a laurel garland that twists down around the column. At the base of the column is a shield with 13 stars and stripes surrounded by a laurel wreath and laid over crossed military swords, makes the statement that Lytle gave his life in battle to preserve the country united. A smaller wreath is on each side of the base; on the rear of the base is an open book laid over scrolls and quills.
Sculptor: original monument by Louis Verhagen of New York. A bronze relief by Cincinnati sculptor Clement J. Barnhorn, was added to the front when the monument was copied in granite. The relief depicts 36-yr. old Lytle valiantly leading his troops, the 10th Ohio Volunteers, into battle at Chickamauga where he was fatally wounded on Sept. 20, 1863.
About the Man:
- General William H. Lytle was a Union General who raised and commanded Ohio's famed Irish regiment. His grandfather William was a poet and one of thefirst settlers of Cincinnati. His funeral was the occasion of "one of Cincinnati's greatest demonstrations of sorrow". A band and five army regiments preceded the hearse as the funeral procession moved thru the streets lined with thousands of mourners. It took 4 hours for the procession to move from Christ Episcopal Church to Spring Grove.
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH