Lucinda Curbow’s husband, William Henry Lytle, was born in Georgia in September of 1840. I do not know who the parents of William Henry Lytle were or exactly where in Georgia he was born. When he enlisted into the Confederate Army, he did so out of Macon County.
In the 1850 census there is present in Macon County the family of William and Mary Lytle – they have a son named William and a daughter named Sarah. (William Henry Lytle and his wife would later name their daughter Belle Sarah.) This could very well be his family, but at this time I have nothing to tie them together.
William Lytle enlisted into the Confederate States Army at the age of 20 out of Macon County, Georgia on June 15, 1861. His rank was private at enlistment and he was a sergeant at discharge. He was a member of Company C, 12th Georgia Infantry Regiment, Dole’s Brigade, Rhodes Division, J. T. Jackson’s Army Corps. William was wounded in the arm during the Battle of Lynchburg (Virginia) and spent time in the CSA General Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He was later captured and taken prisoner in 1864 at Winchester, Virginia and transported (via Harper’s Ferry) to the dreaded Yankee prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland.
Point Lookout was a prison camp for Confederate prisoners of war built on the tip of the peninsula where the Potomac River joins Chesapeake Bay. Point Lookout, Maryland was deemed to be the largest and worst Yankee POW camp. It was constructed of fourteen foot high wooden walls. These walls surrounded an area of about 40 acres. A walkway surrounded the top of the walls where Negro guards walked day and night. It is reported that the guards were brutal in their treatment of the prisoners. No barracks were ever built. The Confederate soldiers were given tents to sleep in until overcrowding became so bad there were not even enough tents to go around. Prison capacity was 10,000, but at any given time there would be between 12,000 to 20,000 soldiers incarcerated there. The extreme overcrowding, Maryland’s freezing temperatures, shortages of firewood for heat, and living in tents took its toll and many lives were lost due to exposure. As the water supply became polluted and food rations ran low, prisoners died from disease and starvation. Food was in short supply; the men were reported to hunt rats as a food source. A prisoner, Rev. J. B. Traywick said, “Our suffering from hunger was indescribable.” (http://www.clements.umich.edu/Webguides/Schoff/NP/Point.html)
William Henry Lytle survived this prison camp and was “exchanged” at the end of the war in 1865 – when he presumably headed for Texas. As previously mentioned, William met and married Lucinda in Waco – they married 20 Aug. 1878. Based on census and tax records, William and Lucinda spent their lives in Waco, Texas.
On 21 Nov. 1892, William Lytle joined the Pat Cleburne Camp of Ex-Confederate Army Veterans: WACO MORNING NEWS; Sunday, April 21, 1895: The Pat Cleburne Camp was organized in 1888. Roster and roll of members as of March 31, 1895, full name, rank and organization: Lytle, W. H. Ord Sgt. Co. C 12 Georgia Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia.
William died at his home on 25 Oct 1905. He was 65 years old. He is laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, also known as – East Waco Cemetery in the Lytle family plot. Lucinda, his wife, and his children, Belle Sarah and William, Jr. are buried there with him.
I would be interested in hearing from any Lytle researchers who have information on William Henry Lytle and his parents.