Fort Lytle

Fort Lytle is an American Civil War fort located on what is now the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

Fort Lytle
Fort Lytle, WKU.jpg
Fort Lytle is located in Kentucky
Fort Lytle
Fort Lytle is located in the United States
Fort Lytle
LocationWestern Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Coordinates36°59′15″N 86°27′08″W / 36.98750°N 86.45222°W / 36.98750; -86.45222Coordinates: 36°59′15″N 86°27′08″W / 36.98750°N 86.45222°W / 36.98750; -86.45222
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built byBuckner, General Simon Bolivar; Harrison, Colonel Benjamin
MPSWarren County MRA
NRHP reference No.84000848[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 5, 1984

The fort was built in 1861 by Confederate army troops under General Simon Bolivar Buckner at the peak of Vinegar Hill and was named Fort Vinegar. It was renamed for William Haines Lytle after his 1863 death leading a cavalry charge in the Battle of Chickamauga. The hill was later called College Hill.

It was later improved by the Union army under Colonel Benjamin Harrison.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Fort Lytle / College Hill;state survey no.:WA-B-226". National Park Service. Retrieved January 13, 2018. With 11 photos from 1984.