Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spring Grove Cemetery

Today I got out for a little spring walk with a couple of friends at Spring Grove Cemetery, located in Cincinnati. I plan on doing research on Ohio soldiers who fought at Perryville who are buried at Spring Grove, but in the interim here are some pictures of the final resting places of two important Perryville figures, Major General Alexander McDowell McCook (I Corps commander) and Colonel William Haines Lytle (commander of the 17th Brigade, part of Rousseau's 3rd Division).

McCook of course was the commander of the Federal I Corps which took the brunt of the Confederate attack, suffering heavy casualties until darkness ended the battle. His corps was later handled roughly at both Stones River and Chickamauga.

Colonel Lytle commanded McCook's right flank brigade that took position near the Squier Bottom farm. Lytle was wounded, captured, and later exchanged. He was mortally wounded at Chickamauga. Lytle was a noted politician and poet before the war, and started his Civil War career as colonel of the 10th Ohio Infantry. He fought at Carnifex Ferry before moving his command to Kentucky.

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