MEDAL OR TOKEN HONORING GENERAL WARRREN, THE HERO OF LITTLE ROUND TOP, LATER COMMANDER OF THE 5th CORPS

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No student of Gettysburg will be unfamiliar with the important actions of Gouverneur K. Warren on July 2. As Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac, he realized at once the tactical importance of Little Round Top and was responsible for rushing troops to its top before Longstreet’s men could seize it and potentially roll up the Union line.

This white metal token is struck with a portrait bust of Warren over the date 1864 and with his name and rank around it: “Maj. Gen. G.K. Warren.” The reverse shows the Maltese Cross badge of the 5th Corps surrounded by, “Commander of the 5th Corps / Army of the Potomac.” In recognition of his actions at Gettysburg Warren was promoted to Major General in 1863, temporarily led the 2nd Corps and then received command of the 5th Corps for Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign against Richmond and Petersburg. Unfortunately for his career and reputation, during the Appomattox Campaign he fell afoul of General Sheridan, who found him insufficiently aggressive at the Battle of Five Forks and relieved him of command.

Men who served under his command, however, may well have felt differently. This has a silvered finish and could have been drilled for use on a badge or pin as well as serving as a memento of their old commander.  [SR]

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