Happiness Is Not My Companion

Happiness Is Not My Companion

The Life of General G. K. Warren
David M. Jordan
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Format: Hardback 13 b&w photos, 11 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-33904-1
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Happiness Is Not My Companion"
The Life of General G. K. Warren

David M. Jordan

The valorous but troubled career of the Civil War general, best known for his quick action to defend Little Round Top and avert a Union defeat at Gettysburg.

Gouverneur K. Warren, a brilliant student at West Point and a topographical engineer, earned early acclaim for his explorations of the Nebraska Territory and the Black Hills in the 1850s. With the start of the Civil War, Warren moved from teacher at West Point to lieutenant colonel of a New York regiment and was soon a rising star in the Army of the Potomac. His fast action at Little Round Top, bringing Federal troops to an undefended position before the Confederates could seize it, helped to save the Battle of Gettysburg. For his service at Bristoe Station and Mine Run, he was awarded command of the Fifth Corps for the 1864 Virginia campaign.

Warren’s peculiarities of temperament and personality put a cloud over his service at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania and cost him the confidence of his superiors, Grant and Meade. He was summarily relieved of his command by Philip Sheridan after winning the Battle of Five Forks, just eight days before Appomattox. Warren continued as an engineer of distinction in the Army after the war, but he was determined to clear his name before a board of inquiry, which conducted an exhaustive investigation into the battle, Warren’s conduct, and Sheridan’s arbitrary action. However, the findings of the court vindicating Warren were not made public until shortly after his death.

For this major biography of Gouverneur Warren, David M. Jordan utilizes Warren’s own voluminous collection of letters, papers, orders, and other items saved by his family, as well as the letters and writings of such contemporaries as his aide and brother-in-law Washington Roebling, Andrew Humphreys, Winfield Hancock, George Gordon Meade, and Ulysses S. Grant. Jordan presents a vivid account of t

Author Bio

David M. Jordan, a native of Philadelphia, graduate of Princeton University, and a practicing attorney, has previously published biographies of New York political boss Roscoe Conkling, Union general Winfield Scott Hancock, and left-handed pitcher Hal Newhouser, as well as a history of the Philadelphia Athletics.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents


1. Cold Spring and West Point
2. Topographical Engineer
3. Into the West with Harney
4. The Black Hills
5. The Explorer Becomes a Soldier
6. On the Virginia Peninsula
7. Second Manassas to Fredericksburg
8. With Hooker
9. To Little Round Top
10. The Aftermath of Gettysburg
11. Second Corps Interlude
12. Fallout 1863-1864
13. Into the Dark Woods
14. Bloody Spotsylvania
15. Around Lee's Right
16. Standoff at Petersburg
17. The Mine and the Railroad
18. West to Peebles' farm
19. To the end of 1864
20. Beginning of the End
21. To the White Oak Road
22. All Fools Day
23 A Soldier's Good Name
24. An Engineer, Again
25. Newport
26. The Court Begins
27. The Court Resumes
28. The Lawyers Have Their Say
29. The Frustration of Waiting
30. Where Malevolence Cannot Reach