"Happiness Is Not My Companion": The Life of General G. K. Warren

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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 ...

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Overview

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253339041
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 925,900
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents

Preface

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

Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    An Outstanding Biography

    Having just finished David M. Jordan¿s ¿Happiness in Not My Companion¿, a well researched biography of General G. K. Warren, I wish to congratulate the author for his thorough and readable account of the general¿s life, and to recommend this book to anyone interested in civil war history, american military history, or biography of an individual who should be remembered in human as well as historical terms. The first half of Warren¿s story, describing his civil and military achievements, including his significant role at Gettysburg, through the Army of the Potamac¿s campaign of 1864, describes a man of ability and leadership, although Mr. Jordan plants the seeds of his future tangles with those in military authority. His relief from command by Sheridan near the end of the war and subsequent history is described with honesty and compassion, ending with Warren¿s death while attempting to clear his name via a military Court of Inquiry some 18 years after the fact. Mr. Jordan¿s research is exhaustive and heretofore unplumbed. His extensive use of quotations advances the narrative in an organized and readable style that had this reader unable to put the book down, especially after the battle at Five Forks. The author is to be commended for his well researched presentation, his objectivity, and his highly readable style.

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