Gouverneur Kemble Warren
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Warren was an assistant professor of mathematics at West Point. He received a leave of absence to become Lieutenant Colonel of the 5th New York also know as Duryea’s Zouaves. He later left field command to become Chief Topographical Engineer and later Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. It was in that capacity that he recognized the dangers of an unprotected Round Top on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg and “saved the day” by bringing troops to the hill to defend the Union’s left flank. He was promoted to Major General and was given temporary command of the 2nd Corps due to Hancock’s wounding at Gettysburg.
With the reorganization of the Army in 1864, Warren was given command of the 5th Corps. During General Grant’s Overland Campaign, Warren’s Corps was reduced by almost 12,000 men in the first few months due to battles at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. Warren’s last great victory came at the Battle of Five Forks where his 5th Corp carried the day. He was, however, relieved of duty on that very day by General Sheridan.
When the war ended, Warren remained in the army as a Major of Engineers. Although continuing to work on engineering projects, a great deal of time was spent trying to convene a Court of Inquiry to look at the event surrounding Five Forks and eventually “…have justice done”. Although the Court found in Warren’s favor, the results were not released until several months after his death in 1882. According to his wishes, he was buried in a plain black suit with no military trappings. He is buried in Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island.
He was a commander who always cared about the welfare of his men.
Patrick is a retired public school teacher from New Jersey who has spent the last 22 years reenacting.
He began his reenacting activity with the 3rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry where he served for over a decade. He has also reenacted with Rickett’s Battery (the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery F), the 110 Pennsylvania Volunteers, and Wrigley’s Engineers.
Patrick also has several civilian personas and has been a docent at the Surratt House in Clinton, Maryland.
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