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Warren, Gouverneur K., major-general, was born at Cold Spring Putnam county, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1830. He entered the United States military academy in 1846; was graduated in 1850; was assigned to the topographical engineers; was employed in surveys on the lower Mississippi in 1850-54; in the West in 1855-59 as chief topographical engineer on Gen. William S. Harney's staff, in the preparation of railroad maps in Dakota and Nebraska, and was the first explorer of the Black hills. In 1859 he became assistant professor of mathematics at West Point; in May, 1861, lieutenant-colonel of the 5th N. Y. infantry (Zouaves), and in August its colonel. At Big Bethel he remained on the field to bring off the body of Lieut. Greble. After serving before Yorktown he received command of a brigade in Sykes' division, Porter's corps, on the right of the Army of the Potomac. In that campaign he took part in various battles; but was slightly wounded at Gaines' mill; was engaged under Pope at Manassas; lost half of his regiment at Antietam; was made brigadier-general of volunteers on Sept. 26, 1862, and served under Burnside at Fredericksburg. On Feb. 2, 1863, he was placed on Hooker's staff as chief of topographical- engineers, and on June 8 was appointed chief engineer of the Potomac. At Gettysburg on July 2, he occupied and defended Little Round Top the key to the Federal position. In August he was commissioned major-general of volunteers, dating from Chancellorsville, May 3. On Oct. 14 he repulsed A. P. Hill at Bristoe Station and was praised by Meade for "skill and promptitude." At Mine run he used his discretion in not carrying out a movement ordered by Meade and was approved for so doing. From the reorganization of the army in March, 1864, he had command of the 5th corps and led it in the bloody actions of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, etc. He gave up his volunteer commission on May 27, 1865, having been made captain in the regular army in Sept., 1861 and major in June, 1864, and having received in succession all the brevets up to major- general. A soldier to the core, he never left the army, conducted various surveys and reached the grade of lieutenant- colonel in 1879. Gen. Warren died at Newport R. I., Aug 8, 1882.

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