Union General Gouverneur Warren

Hero at Little Round Top, Disgrace at Five Forks


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About the Book

Union Major General Gouverneur Warren participated in almost every major battle in the Civil War’s Eastern Theater, from Big Bethel to Five Forks. He was held in such high esteem that he was often looked upon as the Union general most responsible for the victory at Gettysburg, and was considered the logical replacement for George Gordon Meade as commanding general of the Army of the Potomac. However, within days of the war’s end he was relieved in disgrace on the battlefield by General Phil Sheridan. Warren spent the next fifteen years seeking the activation of a Court of Inquiry that he believed would vindicate his conduct. This book is the story of that court.

About the Author(s)

Captain Donald R. Jermann served more than 32 years on active duty in the Navy covering World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also served as a senior executive in the Department of Defense and lives in Laurel, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Donald R. Jermann
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 25 photos and illustrations, 18 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9871-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2005-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
1. The Situation Up to ­Mid-March 1865 3
2. Grant’s Plan 6
3. The Fifth Corps 14
4. An Overview of the Execution of Grant’s Plan 18
5. Why the Separation Between Warren’s Divisions? 30
6. Gouverneur Warren 32
7. Warren After the War 47
8. The Court of Inquiry 50
9. The Testimony 54
10. More Testimony, Some Confederates Testify 95
11. Sheridan Responds 126
12. Some Conclusions 141
13. The Findings 143
14. Sherman’s Endorsement 147
15. The Nature of Warren 150
16. The Aftermath—What Happened to Them? 155
A. Sheridan’s Official Report 161
B. Warren’s Official Report 167
C. Horace Porter’s Narrative 202
Chapter Notes 210
Bibliography 213
Index 219