MG Lytle Brown

MG Lytle Brown

Birth
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 3 May 1951 (aged 78)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Section 5
Memorial ID 15021110 · View Source
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The son of a Confederate officer, Captain James Trimble, grandson of former Tennessee governor, Neill S. Brown, and great nephew of John C. Brown, former governor of Tennessee, Lytle Brown was born in Nashville in 1873. He was educated at Hume and Tarbox shcools, Watkins Institute, Vanderbilt University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He rose through the ranks quickly and held the rank of Major General at his retirement in 1936.

An army engineer, Brown constructed seacoast batteries at Tybee Island, Georgia at the mouth of the Savannah River before the turn of the 20th century. Brown was next posted to the Philippines as the city engineer of Manila. He was in the Philippines during the campaign against Aguinaldo's insurrection. In 1903 Brown was an instructor in mathematics and engineering at West Point. One of his students was Douglas MacArthur. Five years after MacArthur's graduation, General Brown, while commanding the engineer battalion at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, made MacArthur his adjutant. In 1916 he served with General John J. Pershing during the expedition against Pancho Villa.

Among his credits are setting up the Army War College at Leavenworth, Kansas, a survey of the Tennessee River (the data and recommendations of which formed the basis for TVA), command of the Panama Canal department, mapping of the defenses of Corregidor, and officer in charge of the building of Wilson dam at Muscles Shoals, Alabama. From 1909 to 1912 Brown was district engineer in the Louisville district. In 1918 he was inspector general, inspecting troops in all army bases in the United States. He served as director of the War Plans division, and president of the Army War College in Washington, D. C.

General Brown retired in 1936 after a distinguished career of 42 years. His decorations includ the Distinguished Service Medal, Companion of the Bath (British), and Officer Legion d'Honneur (France).


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  • Created by: Ron Crabtree
  • Added: 23 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15021110
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MG Lytle Brown (22 Oct 1872–3 May 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15021110, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Ron Crabtree (contributor 46848039) .