View Full Version : G.K. Warren...the good & the bad

07-19-2008, 11:55 AM
Am prepping a tour for some folks writing a biography on Warren. We'll visit White Oak Road and Five Forks as our two main stops. Was wondering if anyone had some insight into Warren's behavior and personality. Never could understand why a hero from Gettysburg was removed from command during one of the few AoP victories. Does anyone have any references that illustrate Warren's inability to get along with his superiors. All replies welcome. Cheers!

07-19-2008, 11:20 PM
Hey John,
I just finished the book; In the Hands of Providence, Joshua L Chamberlain & The American Civil War. While this is not about Warren as the main topic, it does cover the reaction of Chamberlain and the rest of Warren's officers, and they felt he was dismissed unjustly. It didn't cover Warren's inability to get along with superiors, but his subordinates seem to have felt a great affection for him.

07-19-2008, 11:56 PM

For one thing, Grant was not at Gettysburg. Take a look at Gordon Rhea's volumes covering the Overland Campaign. During that time, Grant had ample opportunity to develop an opinion and assessment of both Warren's abilities as a corps commander and his personality. Grant found him cautious and rebellious, prone to questioning orders from above and, at times, disobeying them. Two things, I think it's safe to say, that Grant did not admire. In fact, it has been reported that Grant even considered removing Warren from command as early as Spotsylvania Court House.

While I have not read the following titles, and can't say whether they offer good assessments of Warren's struggles and ultimate removal, you might want to check them out:

David M. Jordan. "Happiness Is Not My Companion": The Life of General G. K. Warren (Indiana University Press, 2001)

Ed Bearss and Chris Calkins. The Battle of Five Forks (H.E. Howard, 1985).


07-20-2008, 08:21 AM
See if you can find: "Controversies and Commanders: Dispatches from the Army of the Potomac," by Stephen W. Sears. It gives an excellent analysis of Warren's removal and the events/personalities preceding it. Amazon has used or even like new copies VERY CHEAP.

07-20-2008, 02:14 PM
Wasn't it Phil Sheridan who had Warren removed from command?

07-23-2008, 12:13 PM
Yup, Sheridan DID remove Warren "during the battle" at Five Forks. Prior to the battle Grant gave Sheridan "carte blanche' " to do with Warren as he saw fit.