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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 the life and times of a complex military figure.

David M. Jordan, a native of Philadelphia, a 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 pitcher Hal Newhouser, as well as a history of the Philadelphia Athletics.

May 2001
400 pages, 13 b&w photos, 11 maps, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, index, append.
cloth 0-253-33904-9 $35.00 t / £26.50

Contents
Cold Spring and West Point
Topographical Engineer
Into the West with Harney
The Black Hills
The Explorer Becomes a Soldier
On the Virginia Peninsula
Second Manassas to Fredericksburg
With Hooker
To Little Round Top
The Aftermath of Gettysburg
Second Corps Interlude
Fallout 1863–1864
Into the Dark Woods
Bloody Spotsylvania
Around Lee's Right
Standoff at Petersburg
The Mine and the Railroad
West to Peebles' Farm
To the End of 1864
Beginning of the End
To the White Oak Road
All Fools' Day
A Soldier's Good Name
An Engineer, Again
Newport
The Court Begins
The Court Resumes
The Lawyers Have Their Say
The Frustration of Waiting
Where Malevolence Cannot Reach

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. David M. Jordan
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  1. 1. Cold Spring and West Point
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  1. 2. Topographical Engineer
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  1. 3. Into the West with Harney
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  1. 4. The Black Hills
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  1. 5. The Explorer Becomes a Soldier
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  1. 6. On the Virginia Peninsula
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  1. 7. From Second Manassas to Fredericksburg
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  1. 8. With Hooker
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  1. 9. To Little Round Top
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  1. 10. The Aftermath of Gettysburg
  2. pp. 96-102
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  1. 11. Second Corps Interlude
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  1. 12. Fallout, 1863–1864
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  1. 13. Into the Deep, Dark Woods
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  1. 14. Bloody Spotsylvania
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  1. 15. Around Lee's Right
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  1. 16. Standoff at Petersburg
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  1. 17. The Mine and the Railroad
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  1. 18. West to Peebles' Farm
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  1. 19. To the End of 1864
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  1. 20. Beginning of the End
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  1. 21. To the White Oak Road
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  1. 22. All Fools' Day
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  1. 23. A Soldier's Good Name
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  1. 24. An Engineer, Again
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  1. 25. Newport
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  1. 26. The Court Begins
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  1. 27. The Court Resumes
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  1. 28. The Lawyers Have Their Say
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  1. 29. The Frustration of Waiting
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  1. 30. Where Malevolence Cannot Reach
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253108944
Related ISBN(s)
9780253339041
MARC Record
OCLC
966763017
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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