Lytle was loved by his men and was the kind of officer who led by example. He could always be found leading the charge. In the Battle of Carnifex Ferry, Lytle was shot in the leg and his horse was killed. He was returned to Cincinnati for a four-month recovery. Following his recovery and a short stint as the Commander of a Military Training Camp in Bardstown, Kentucky, Lytle returned to the field and was again wounded in the Battle of Perrysville. Lytle was captured and taken prisoner but later freed as part of a prisoner exchange.
Lytle was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers. He was held in such high esteem that he was awarded the Maltese Cross by fellow officers. Eleven days later, Lytle led forces on a counterattack in the Battle of Chicamauga in Georgia. Here he was targeted by Confederate snipers. Mortally wounded, Lytle's body was actually guarded by a respectful Confederate contingent. Confederate soldiers, upon learning of his death, recited poetry that had been written by Lytle around their evening campfires.
|Sculpture of Lytle that is part of his grave monument.|