Fitz Henry Warren

Fitz-Henry Warren was born on January 11, 1816, in Brimfield Massachusetts. He seems to have been educated locally and gainfully employed in the area until 1844, when he moved to Burlington, Iowa, and became connected with the Burlington Hawkeye, meanwhile interesting himself in politics. He was second assistant postmaster general in 1849 and subsequently first assistant. With the outbreak of the Civil War he was named colonel of the 1st Iowa Cavalry on June 13, 1861, and for more than a year was actively employed against Confederate recruits and sympathizers in middle and western Missouri. He was advanced to brigadier general of volunteers on July 16, 1862, and on December 31 of this year was in command of the post of Houston, Missouri. During the Gettysburg crisis he was on duty in Pennsylvania, but in September, 1863, was ordered to the Department of the Gulf. After some service on the Texas Gulf Coast, he took a minor part in N. P. Banks's Red River campaign, briefly commanding the XIII Corps. He was later posted at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and then at Brownsville, Texas, where he commanded the United States forces on the Rio Grande River. Seemingly he suffered from ill health, since on September 30, 1864, he was ordered to report to "the commanding general Department of the East, for assignment to such duty as he may be able to perform." Warren was brevetted major general of volunteers as of August 24, 1865, and mustered out the same day. Following the war he served in the Iowa state senate (1866), as United States minister to Guatemala (1867-68), and as Democratic presidential elector from Iowa (1872). He was then associated with the New York Tribune and with the New York Sun for a short time. Shortly before his death he returned to Brimfield, where he died on June 21, 1878, and is buried there.

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Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.