Warren, Gouverneur Kemble

Life Span
to
Full name
Gouverneur Kemble Warren
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Free State
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
2
Family
Sylvanus Warren (father), Emily Chase Warren (wife), Sydney Warren (son), Emily Warren (daughter)
Education
West Point (US Military Academy)
Occupation
Military
Other
Other Occupation
Civil Engineer
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Military
US military (Pre-Civil War)
Union Army
US military (Post-Civil War)

Gouverneur Warren, Battle of Gettysburg (American National Biography)

Scholarship
Warren provided important service during the Chancellorsville campaign, but he won his greatest glory at the battle of Gettysburg. On the second day of the battle Warren was sent, at his own request, to examine the left of the Union lines. He proceeded to Little Round Top, a commanding promontory at the base of the Union position, and discovered no troops upon it. He observed that the advancing Confederate forces would outflank the Union line and seize Little Round Top, which would render the Union position at Gettysburg untenable. Warren dispatched several staff officers to secure troops to defend the hill. They were able to obtain a single brigade, which was rushed to the hill, arriving only minutes before the Confederates. A desperate struggle ensued, and the Federal brigade was hard-pressed to hold its position. Warren personally rode to some nearby troops and convinced them to move to the hill's defense. Their arrival turned the tide of the conflict at that critical point.
D. Scott Hartwig, "Warren, Gouverneur Kemble," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/05/05-00822.html. .
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