Brigadier General Gouverneur Kemble Warren Monument (Gettysburg)

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On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, Warren initiated the defense of
Little Round Top, recognizing the importance of the undefended position on the left flank of the Union Army, and directing, on his own initiative, the brigade of Col. Strong Vincent to occupy it just minutes before it was attacked. Warren suffered a minor neck wound during the Confederate assault.

MONUMENT PROFILE
  • Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  • Location: Crest of Little Round Top
  • Map Coordinates: +39° 47' 33.00", -77° 14' 11.76"
  • Leader of: Chief of Engineers, Army of the Potomac
MONUMENT DETAILS
  • Artist: Gerhardt, Karl, sculptor; Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company, founder
  • Dedicated: August 8, 1888
  • Dimensions: Sculpture: H. 9 ft.; Base: W. 2 ft. x D. 2 ft.; Weight: 1,500 lbs.
  • Cost: $5,000.00 in 1888
  • Description: A bronze standing portrait of General Warren holding binoculars in his raised proper right hand. The sculpture rests on a boulder atop Little Round Top near the Union line later occupied by the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry. General Warren is portrayed looking over the battlefield as he did on July 2, 1863 when he ordered the Union troops to defend Little Round Top from advancing Confederate troops.
  • Remarks: A bronze tablet is set into the side of the boulder, and “Warren” is carved into the stone.

MONUMENT TEXT
Title
LED TO THIS SPOT__
BY HIS MILITARY SAGACITY ON JULY 2, 1863,_______
GENERAL GOUVERNEUR KEMBLE WARREN,
THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
DETECTED GENERAL HOOD'S FLANKING MOVEMENT,
AND BY PROMPTLY ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF ORDERING TROOPS TO THIS PLACE, SAVED THE KEY
OF THE UNION POSITION._________________________
PROMOTED FOR GALLANT SERVICES__
FROM THE COMMAND OF A REGIMENT IN 1861, THROUGH
SUCCESSIVE GRADES TO THE COMMAND OF THE 2D ARMY
CORPS IN 1863, AND PERMANENTLY ASSIGNED TO THAT
OF THE 5TH ARMY CORPS IN 1864.__________________
MAJOR GENERAL WARREN NEEDS NO EULOGY.
HIS NAME IS ENSHRINED IN THE HEARTS OF HIS COUNTRYMEN.​
THIS STATUE__
IS ERECTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE VETERAN
ORGANIZATION OF HIS OLD REGIMENT, THE 5TH NEW YORK
VOLS., DURYEE ZOUAVES, IN MEMORY OF THEIR BELOVED
COMMANDER._____________________________________
DEDICATED AUGUST 8TH, 1888​


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MONUMENT DEDICATION
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Articles from the Newspaper: Gettysburg Compiler, August 7th and 14th, 1888
Click on Article to Zoom-In
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


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Warren Monument in the artists studio in clay form before going to the foundry to be cast.
Date & Location Unknown.


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Brig. Gen. Gouverneur Kemble Warren Monument
Gettysburg NMP, NPS Photo, Date Unknown.


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Veterans Photographed Standing on the Warren Rock, 1913.
Image From: Pennsylvania at Gettysburg, Vol. 3., 1914.
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ADDITIONAL READING

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FZ11

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On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, Warren initiated the defense of
Little Round Top, recognizing the importance of the undefended position on the left flank of the Union Army, and directing, on his own initiative, the brigade of Col. Strong Vincent to occupy it just minutes before it was attacked. Warren suffered a minor neck wound during the Confederate assault.

MONUMENT PROFILE
  • Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  • Location: Crest of Little Round Top
  • Map Coordinates: +39° 47' 33.00", -77° 14' 11.76"
  • Leader of: Chief of Engineers, Army of the Potomac
MONUMENT DETAILS
  • Artist: Gerhardt, Karl, sculptor; Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company, founder
  • Dedicated: August 8, 1888
  • Dimensions: Sculpture: H. 9 ft.; Base: W. 2 ft. x D. 2 ft.; Weight: 1,500 lbs.
  • Cost: $5,000.00 in 1888
  • Description: A bronze standing portrait of General Warren holding binoculars in his raised proper right hand. The sculpture rests on a boulder atop Little Round Top near the Union line later occupied by the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry. General Warren is portrayed looking over the battlefield as he did on July 2, 1863 when he ordered the Union troops to defend Little Round Top from advancing Confederate troops.
  • Remarks: A bronze tablet is set into the side of the boulder, and “Warren” is carved into the stone.

MONUMENT TEXT
Title
LED TO THIS SPOT__
BY HIS MILITARY SAGACITY ON JULY 2, 1863,_______
GENERAL GOUVERNEUR KEMBLE WARREN,
THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
DETECTED GENERAL HOOD'S FLANKING MOVEMENT,
AND BY PROMPTLY ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF ORDERING TROOPS TO THIS PLACE, SAVED THE KEY
OF THE UNION POSITION._________________________
PROMOTED FOR GALLANT SERVICES__
FROM THE COMMAND OF A REGIMENT IN 1861, THROUGH
SUCCESSIVE GRADES TO THE COMMAND OF THE 2D ARMY
CORPS IN 1863, AND PERMANENTLY ASSIGNED TO THAT
OF THE 5TH ARMY CORPS IN 1864.__________________
MAJOR GENERAL WARREN NEEDS NO EULOGY.
HIS NAME IS ENSHRINED IN THE HEARTS OF HIS COUNTRYMEN.​
THIS STATUE__
IS ERECTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE VETERAN
ORGANIZATION OF HIS OLD REGIMENT, THE 5TH NEW YORK
VOLS., DURYEE ZOUAVES, IN MEMORY OF THEIR BELOVED
COMMANDER._____________________________________
DEDICATED AUGUST 8TH, 1888​


LOCATION MAP




MONUMENT DEDICATION
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Articles from the Newspaper: Gettysburg Compiler, August 7th and 14th, 1888
Click on Article to Zoom-In
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


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Warren Monument in the artists studio in clay form before going to the foundry to be cast.
Date & Location Unknown.


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Brig. Gen. Gouverneur Kemble Warren Monument
Gettysburg NMP, NPS Photo, Date Unknown.


View attachment 341547
Veterans Photographed Standing on the Warren Rock, 1913.
Image From: Pennsylvania at Gettysburg, Vol. 3., 1914.
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ADDITIONAL READING

RELATED LINKS
Huzzah for General Warren!
 

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General Warren seems to have had one of the more unfortuate stories of the Civil War. He had the misfortune to incur the enmity of U.S. Grant and (most specifically) Phil Sheridan. After a solid military career, the "savior of Round Top" was relieved of command by Sheridan in what has been called an act that was "petty, deceitful and downright reprehensible". Warren's military career was virtually over and his reputation was sorely impacted. Joshua Chamberlain was deeply troubled by this incident and wrote "No one can doubt General Sheridan's 'right' to remove Warren, but whether he was right to do so is another question". General Warren requested a Board of Inquiry to review the entire matter which was not allowed as long as Grant was president. However, after Grant left office, a Board was convened--and General Warren was exonerated. Unfortunately, the verdict came just after his death.
 
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