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Lytle Brown, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal (United States); Companion of Bath (Britain); Officer Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur (France). Member National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 1932-1933; member engrs. advisory board Reconstruction Finance Corporation; member Tennessee Conservative Commission, 1939-1940.


Brown, Lytle was born on November 22, 1872 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Son of James Trimble and Jane (Nichol) Brown.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1898. Bachelor of Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1893, C.E., 1894.


Commissioned Second lieutenant engrs., 1898. Promoted through grades to colonel N.A., 1917. Brigadier general National Army, 1918.

Brigadier general United States Army, 1928. Participated in Santiago Campaign. Engaged in Battle of San Juan, July 13, 1898.

And siege of Santiago. In Philippines, as city engineer Manila, engineer officer Department of Northern Luzon, 1900-1902. Instructor, assistant professor civil and military engineering United States Military Academy, 1903-1907.

Commander Company E, 2d Battalion Engineers, 1907-1908. In charge United States Engineer District, Louisville, 1908-1912. Commander 2d Batn. Engineers, 1912-1916, engineer officer Punitive Expedition, Mexico, 1916.

In charge United States Engineer District, Nashville, 1917-1918. Commander 106th Regiment Engineers, engineer officer 31st Division. Appointed director War Plans Division and president Army War College, 1918.

In charge United States Engineer District, Florence, Alabama, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1919. In charge construction Wilson Dam, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1919-1920. Regimental commander 2d Engineers, 1920-1921.

Senior instructor engineering, General Service Schools, Fort Leavenworth. Kansas, 1921-1923; director General Staff Corresponding School, 1923-1924. Director and assistant commandant, commandant General staff schedul United States Army, 1924-1925.

Commanding 2d Regiment Engineers, 1925. Assistant commandant Army War College, 1926-1928. Commanding 19th Brigade, Panama Canal Department, 1928-1929.

Chief of army engrs., with rank of major general, 1929-1933. Brigadier general commanding Atlantic sector Panama Canal Department, 1934. Major general commanding Panama Canal Department, 1935-1936.

Retired from active service, 1936.


Member National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 1932-1933. Member engrs. advisory board Reconstruction Finance Corporation. Member Tennessee Conservative Commission, 1939-1940.


Married Louise Lewis, December 23, 1902. Children: Lytle, Eugene Lewis (deceased), Pauline Lewis, Neill Smith, James Trimble, Lewis Castner.

James Trimble Brown

Jane (Nichol) Brown

Louise Lewis

Lytle Brown

Eugene Lewis Brown (deceased)

Pauline Lewis Brown

Neill Smith Brown

James Trimble Brown

Lewis Castner Brown