Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Explosive New Revelations over Jade Helm and Potential False Flags



 A growing segment of the American population is waking up to the implications of the Jade Helm 15 military operation to be conducted by Special Forces in conjunction with local law enforcement, the FBI, DHS, the DEA and Border Patrol across the entire Southwest. This massive unprecedented exercise will also commence in June sooner than first announced and last for 10 weeks through the summer till September 15. The risk of it triggering civil unrest or that it may coincide with a potential false flag scenario followed by another possibly timed crisis situation is both feasible and real, despite mainstream media’s ridicule dismissing any such possibilities as pure paranoid conspiracy theory. What we do know for sure is this nation has turned into a militarized police state and that both the military and the government lie all the time. We also are aware of the globalists’ long planned agenda of a national crisis that would induce Obama to quash civil unrest by declaring martial law. A recent poll of Americans found that near half (45%) see Jade Helm as imposing more control over the states. If martial law doesn’t actually come to pass this time around, it certainly sets the stage for next time in this incrementally increasing militarization of America.
 
We also know that a specific Department of Defense manual FM 3-39.40 has existed since 2010 delineating how the federal government in cooperation with the UN will respond to civil disturbance that includes FEMA camp roundups to fill waiting empty Haliburton-refurbished prison camps after a $385 million no bid contract during the former CEO Cheney’s vice presidency. We also know that each prison camp includes a tribunal section and a mortuary section along with psychological officers responsible for reprogramming US detainees. Despite this layout presented so matter-of-fact and by-the-book, Americans will be killed. During the upheaval of a national crisis, a lethal outcome is also most probable. Meanwhile, countdown to global war appears to be ticking away as troops from virtually every nation are busily training in preparation for a likely West versus East endgame scenario of World War III.
 
President Kennedy spoke of subversive forces operating inside the shadow government several months prior to those same forces killing him. And those demonic forces posing as our international crime syndicate government boldly went on unconsequenced by the JFK assassination to stage the worst false flag in history on 9/11 giving birth to the neocons’ war on terror. And it’s been all downhill ever since with nonstop wars, a runaway deficit (over $18 trillion), a fragile and broken global economy, and within a few years after 9/11 a militarized totalitarian police state. Long gone is America’s once democratic republic, replaced by a fascist oligarchy controlled by a military-security-prison complex. As Obama’s personal army, Homeland Security has grown gluttonously evil bringing tyranny and oppression to the United States of America as never before.
 
But to those of us aware enough to study and learn from history, there are no accidents and no surprises here. Armed with the latest technology, the global elitists in control have done their homework, long in advance manipulating everything in its Orwellian place for these shuttering events and developments to unfold. From the overreaching CIA grooming their Manchurian Candidate president to his unqualified meteoric rise to puppet power, Obama was the perfect made man for the job. Obscured by a shadowy, made over past that includes a fake birth certificate, he was steeped in Communist ideology and socialist collectivism by his deep connection with ex-terrorist Bill Ayers (who also was the Common Core architect responsible largely for dumbing down public education) and fellow mentor Saul Alinsky. Obama displayed dazzle as an early orator on the big stage of big politics, wore the right skin color to prey on people’s hope for change and progress, appearing as a different kind of leader who many thought would represent the common people, a unifier and uplifter for the downtrodden. Boy were they dead wrong!
 
Once elected, Obama became the Manchurian Trojan Horse presidential imposter occupying the White House. This is the same man as presidential candidate who bragged and promised as a former constitutional law professor for over 10 years that he’d be the most open and transparent president in US history after the criminal Bush regime. Then once Obama became president, he only demonstrated that he is the most secretive and closed off president in history. Even worse, in the same speech he denounced Bush and Cheney for violating America’s rule of law, he proposed to develop “an appropriate legal regime for indefinite prolonged detention of American citizensprior to ever breaking the law based purely on the government’s suspicion that they may become a future threat to national security. This statement uttered early in his first term ominously spelled out his sinister agenda to lock up and throw away the key to any citizen that he and his minions believe might become a future threat.
 
Based on Obama and his administration’s subsequent actions, their definition of “future threat to national security” is simply anyone who disagrees with his treasonous policies, DHS declaring them a greater threat than even ISIS, which is really quite telling. Those citizens honest and brave enough to expose the criminal truth about his evil agenda betraying our Constitution, nation and people have been singled out and targeted on dissident watch lists. Americans believing in our Constitution who object to the feds’ criminality of constantly violating the nation’s rule of law that used to protect citizens with privacy rights over unlawfully invasive surveillance and search and seizure, the right to peaceful assembly to public protest, the right to own a gun, the right to freedom of speech and religion, the right to due process, the right to habeas corpus dating back to the 1066 Magna Carta, all these previously guaranteed civil liberties under Bush-Obama were usurped and denied Americans. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was a traitorous package deal depriving us of all these rights, as well as violating and repealing the 1878 Posse Comitatus law prohibiting US military from involvement in civil matters that fall under state National Guard and law enforcement jurisdiction.
 
This president and his DHS in one fell swoop have equated US patriots who are returning veterans from warfronts (regardless of war) as potential home grown terrorists. So after placing their life on the line for their nation in combat, risking and often incurring serious life threatening injuries while experiencing the trauma of witnessing their comrades die sacrificing their lives for their nation, upon return home from US Empire’s blood for oil wars, their nation turns on them in betrayal, calling them terrorist threats and developing a criminally subversive plan to remove not only their private weapons violating their Second Amendment right, but physically removing them from society by locking them away in prison or worse killing them under false suspicion they might become homegrown terrorists. This is how our diabolically treasonous and insane government led by our current commander-in-chief repays our veterans. It’s unbelievably despicable that America's come to this.
 
On to another targeted population, Obama has harassed, threatened, accused and locked up more journalists and whistleblowers than any previous administration ever. Moreover, he has charged more whistleblowers with violating an antiquated 1917 espionage act for treason than all past presidencies combined, sentencing them to jail time 25 more times than all previous combined. The least transparent president in history also denied more Freedom of Information Act requests in 2014 than all previous administrations, only proving himself to be the most vindictive, revengeful, secretive despot president in history.
 
When Obama came to power everything was in place for the globalist war machine to continue uninterrupted, unleashing the same imperialistic US Empire aggression launched by the war criminal invaders and occupiers Bush and Cheney. Following his globalist marching orders, Obama seamlessly maintained the Empire’s role as world policeman and murderous bully around the globe. He prolonged the war in Iraq for another three years in time to claim credit for ending the Iraq War during his reelection campaign. In the other decade-long war he ensured the fighting in Afghanistan would continue unabated for another half dozen years. Then with the help of Israel and Saudi Arabia, he created ISIS, which conveniently provided the fine print disclaimer ensuring the US-NATO military presence in both war ravaged nations would be on an as needed, permanent basis.
 
In the meantime hidden from public view, Obama guaranteed the proliferation of new, sneakier kind of lower intensity, out of sight, out of mind wars around the world fought by none other than the killer elite Special Forces. Now Americans cannot even tell you who the US is at war with because it’s all a deep state secret. Did I mention Obama’s the most secretive prez in history? Investigative reporter and author Nick Turse has determined the exponential growth of US Special Operations at last count over a year ago is deployed in more than 134 nations around the globe with the highest concentration throughout most of Africa and much of Central and East Asia. That’s most nations on earth along with a thousand US military posts around the world.
 
Expanding the presence of US proxy wars, Obama refined a new and improved formula for churning out the most barbaric, savage, seemingly unstoppable monster enemy of them all - the Islamic State (IS). Pretending IS jihadists are the most evil enemy since Russian Communists, complicit in showcasing their staged youtube beheadings to horrify the world for effect, Obama secretly engineered their expanding global dominance in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and possibly just eight miles from the US border near El Paso in Mexico where reports from Judicial Watch recently claimed a high ranking Mexican police and a military officer stated ISIS is currently undergoing joint training operations with the drug cartel ostensibly to potentially terrorize Americans on US soil during Jade Helm. Of course the US government vehemently denies the presence of Islamic State in Mexico yet speculation still lingers based on US FBI and DHS meetings with Mexican authorities. In any event, the bottom line if the US really wanted to destroy ISIS, as the most lethal killing force on earth, it could eliminate Islamic State forces within a month.
 
Apparently it was two homegrown ISIS fighters from Arizona that showed up in Dallas bent on a shooting spree at a cartoon contest lampooning Islam earlier this month in what seemed a staged event, the same state deemed “hostile” by the Jade Helm game plan. Then came the bizarre mass biker gang shootout killing 9 in Waco, Texas a week ago. Evidence is coming to light that hidden ISIS recruiters are presently embedded in US, UK and Canada college campuses around those Western nations attempting to entice non-Muslims to join their cause. Based on a recent UN report almost two months ago, more than 25,000 new recruits did join from most countries in the world just since June last year. Whether ISIS is really here in North America amongst us or not, Washington’s been hyping the eminent dangers posed by right wing domestic terrorists lurking to kill government authorities like police, almost as if to prep us for an upcoming false flag that could occur during Jade Helm.
 
As the US-created hired gun, after training, arming and financing Obama’s secret ally that holds a calling card reading “Terrorism-R-Us-Will-Travel,” Obama and his globalist puppet masters have been increasingly outed with incontrovertible evidence of newly declassified documents that the so called ISIS enemy is actually a mere extension and creation of the US, its Western allies and their oligarch masters. It was just released that the Pentagon had devised a plan back in August 2012 for the rise of ISIS (that we never even knew existed then) to later take over two key Iraqi cities Mosul and Ramadi. Is it any wonder that Iraqi security forces simply cut and ran without a fight from both cities?
 
The latest disturbing revelations surfacing are disclosures from whistleblowers inside the military high command and a recently retired Homeland Security officer. One recently purged lieutenant general among the 270 high ranking military officers Obama has forced out of the service has just revealed in an email that this summer’s Jade Helm will in fact bring not only dissident extraction but the start of “a ground war, city by city, street by street” to America. The anonymous retired three star general went on to write:
 
     Additionally what is coming will be unlike any civil war in history, it will be very personal, the
     government will call the Patriots forces terrorists and traitors, they will arrest, intern, torture and
     murder suspected terrorists families, this will result in bloody reprisals which will start a vicious
     cycle lasting for years.
 
Lending credibility to his dire prediction was the general’s assignment in 2012 to be part of a Pentagon study assessing the rank and file personnel in all the US armed forces on whether they would be willing or not to fire upon and kill US citizens in a civil war scenario. He revealed that 80% of the National Guard would side with the American people, 90% of the Marines also, 60% of the Army would, the Navy would remain on active patrol in defense to interdict any possible foreign intervention and only the Air Force will side with Obama’s government at 75%. So from his email he believes the majority of US military would fight right alongside Americans against the government oppressors. It was alluded that a number of veterans up and down the ranks would also be armed as patriots actively resisting the government attack on its own citizens, which would far outnumber the treasonous government forces. But the bottom line according to this high ranking flag officer, an all-out civil war is fast approaching where many US citizens are likely to die and be imprisoned.
 
Another anonymous career insider from Homeland Security just admitted:
 
     Preparations have been finalized to respond to a crisis of unprecedented magnitude within the
     United States. The response will include the use of lethal force against US citizens under the
     instructions of Barack Obama.
 
The whistleblower described the atmosphere inside the DHS mega-bureaucracy as forebodingly paranoid where no one trusts anyone and workers are leaving in droves. Afraid of information leaks, conditions have become so oppressive to create an ultra-hostile, toxic work environment. The DHS retiree maintains that the upcoming crisis will be “rooted in an economic collapse.” He said a key precursor just before the crash to look for will be falling gold and silver prices. The orchestrators behind it are the Wall Street bankers who of course like with every fixed crash in the past will be busily buying up all the precious metals for untold illegal profiteering. The insider maintains that America’s already sliding into crash mode though most people don’t realize it yet, adding:
 
     The ‘big bang’ comes at the end, when people wake up one morning and can’t log in to their
     bank accounts, can’t use their ATM cards, and find out that their private pension funds and other
     assets have been confiscated.
 
He states that the above scenario of a cyberattack on the US banking system is but one possible plan he was privy to. Though the whistleblower admitted that DHS, the NSA and IRS are all militant, totalitarian arms of the White House, he doubly emphasized that it’s not Obama pulling all the strings:
 
     [Obama] is a creation of the globalists who have no allegiance to any political party. He is the
     product of decades of planning, made for this very time in our history. He was selected to
     oversee the events I just disclosed. Who has that ability? He’s a product of our own intelligence
     agencies working with the globalists. He should be exhibit ‘A’ to illustrate the need to enforce
     the Logan Act.
 
Unlike the whistleblowing general, the former Homeland Security employee said he did not know the exact timing of when he foresees the plan being executed with high probability of two near simultaneous false flags triggering martial law and the violence directed against US citizens. But the general did, feeling certain that Jade Helm would go live in response to government induced crises. Because we live in an interconnected global economy, the disaster that will soon afflict the US will reverberate with ripple effects around the globe. And though many Americans will refuse to believe any such malevolent harm can possibly come to the United States that relative to most of the world has had it so good for so long, the globalists responsible are heartless evildoers who have no compassion or guilt for the atrocities and suffering they directly inflict on humankind. Bringing down America puts them one huge step closer to one world government. It will be up to us patriots like the revolutionaries of our War of Independence to fight for our liberty and life for a rebirth of a new nation fashioned after what originally was our Founding Fathers’ lasting legacy.
 
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now concentrates on his writing and has a blog site at http://empireexposed. blogspot. com/He is also a regular contributor to Global Research and a syndicated columnist at Veterans Today.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Tale of Two Generals: The Hero of Gettysburg G.K. Warren and His Nemesis Indian Genocide Killer Philip Sheridan



 On this Memorial Day weekend it’s only appropriate that we look back in our history and pay tribute to our fallen warriors from the past. And in so doing, we can examine two West Point Civil War generals who were peers, one who saved the Union at the war’s most pivotal and decisive battle of Gettysburg, and the other who represents the ruthless killer instinct that typifies our military leaders whose blind ambition for glory is driven by psychopathic pathology to the core. Meet two West Point officers who illustrate the classic contrast between leadership styles and ethics. As the third installment in a trilogy of articles portraying West Point graduates who are our unsung fallen heroes, starting with Jack Wheeler, then Ted Westhusing, we now move back a century and a half ago to showcase the life of Gouverneur Kemble Warren.

 

And with so much controversy currently surrounding the US military and their commanders involved in the operation Jade Helm commencing a month earlier than first reported in June, and Commander-in-Chief Obama’s unprecedented purging of America’s top military brass during his presidency (over 200 a year and a half ago), this story from our past could not be more relevant or timely than it being showcased on Memorial Day 2015, 150 years after America’s bloodiest war of them all. Indeed the timing is especially apropos as the unfolding drama within the US military ranks appears to now be an internal war covertly taking place. Many Americans believe that the inner grumblings inside the US armed forces are at odds over the possibility of Jade Helm going live this summer with a false flag excuse for Obama to declare martial law, bringing about the unthinkable prospect of US soldiers being ordered to kill their fellow Americans. It’s speculated why so many generals and admirals from America’s senior military leadership were forced out of service by Obama was because they refused to participate in what could become America’s second civil war against its own citizens. Clearly this original Civil War tale presented here personifies the age old “good versus evil” battle still raging on within our military even today.

 

I think it was some time during my third year at West Point that I first learned of my long lost ancestor named Gouvernour Kemble Warren, a somewhat famous West Point graduate and hero of the most important battle of the Civil War Gettysburg. As a cadet I suddenly learned that General GK Warren was my maternal grandmother’s great uncle when my mother, the amateur genealogist, made the discovery researching our family history on the Warren side, the same lineage dating back to Richard Warren of Mayflower-Pilgrim-Plymouth fame. I thought it was very cool that I was walking those same pathways and hallowed ground the hero of Little Round Top once walked, whose statues adorn Gettysburg Historic National Park as well as a park in Brooklyn.1 A New York Times article last year revealed that the sword on General Warren’s statue at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza Park was stolen by vandals and missing since 1960. But thanks to a New York City conservation program restoring historic monuments in the Big Apple, ol’ Gouve’s statue dedicated in 1896 was reunited with a new bronze sword carefully replicating his original. The more I learned about my long lost uncle, the more enthralled and intrigued I became with his remarkable, fascinating life story.

 

Gouverneur was born on January 8th, 1830 in a little town across the Hudson River from West Point called Cold Spring, New York. The oldest sibling of a dozen children, Gouve always had an eye out for taking care of others. The natural born leader at sixteen years of age entered the US

Military Academy in 1846, graduating in 1850 second in his class of forty-four cadets. As a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Topographical Engineers, Warren explored vast reaches of territory in the West, worked on flood prevention in the Mississippi Delta, created the first comprehensive map west of the mighty Mississippi and surveyed critical ground in preparation for the transcontinental Pacific Railroad, spanning an area from Nebraska, the Dakotas west to Montana and Wyoming.2

 

On the northern Plains Warren saw his first combat against the Native American tribe the Lakota Sioux. His involvement in 1855 at the Battle of Ash Hollow (also known as Battle of Blue Water or Harney’s Massacre) offers a very telling account of how white Americans committed genocide against Native Americans.

 

A year earlier a Mormon traveling the Oregon Trail had his cow wander off from his wagon train and a Sioux warrior took it for food. At nearby Fort Laramie, Wyoming the Mormon complained to commanding officer Lt. Hugh Fleming about his “stolen” cow. The Sioux’s Chief Conquering Bear offered any one of his 60 head of horses, but the Mormon turned him down, demanding $25 cash. According to the 1851 Fort Laramie treaty, the local Indian agent responsible for handling such disputes was expected to arrive in two days. But the obstinate West Pointer Lt. Fleming (Class of 1852) took it upon himself to exercise his leadership by sending another West Point lieutenant from the Class right behind him, a 24-year old Lt. John Grattan with 29 soldiers and two small artillery pieces to the Sioux encampment.3
 

Lt. Grattan had just been sent West and was still awaiting permanent assignment. Despite never even encountering Sioux before, Lt. Fleming could see how the inexperienced Grattan was dying for some action, so he foolishly let the anxious hothead out to make a name for himself. And he most
certainly did. On the other hand, wanting to avoid conflict, the chief pleaded to let the agent due to arrive any day handle the conflict. But Grattan insisted the guilty warrior be arrested and handed over. The Brule Sioux chief then pleaded with the Miniconjou Sioux warrior as his guest to turn himself in. When he refused, all hell broke loose, shots were fired and apparently a soldier shot Chief Conquering Bear in the back. At that point Lt. Grattan ordered his men to shoot to kill. But not before the Sioux braves in self-defense were shooting back with their bows and arrows, killing all soldiers but one mortally wounded who managed to return to Fort Laramie before succumbing.4
 

A local trader bore witness to the escalating events that clearly showed the white soldiers were the aggressors. A Lt. Colonel William Hoffman arrived at Fort Laramie in November to take command, instructed to weigh evidence in coming up with his assessment of what had happened. Hoffman interviewed traders and soldiers who could bear witness and reviewed three reports written by Lt. Fleming. As is the case when so many West Pointers feel their career is on the line, they often lie to

cover their own ass. By Lt. Fleming’s third report, he was blaming it all on his dead peer Lt. Grattan, lying by stating that Fleming told Grattan explicitly not to use force, acting as though he never knew Grattan would be so aggressive in demanding the guilty Indian be detained.5 But Hoffman was not taken in, concluding that, “There is no doubt that Lt. Grattan left this post with a desire to have a fight with the Indians, and that he had determined to take the man at all hazards.”6

                              
But the only news heading eastward to eager newspaper reporters ensured that a shocked and angry nation believed that a bunch of Sioux “savages” massacred dozens of US soldiers. Still another war mongering West Pointer, then Secretary of War himself and soon to be President of the Southern Federation Jefferson Davis (Class of 1828) mischaracterized the event as “the result of a deliberately formed plan.”7 Even after reviewing Colonel Hoffman’s accurate account of the Grattan fight, Jefferson Davis wanted war, not the truth... an all too familiar American theme.

 

No matter how you look at it, the gross misjudgment of West Point leadership exercised by the three graduates cited here alone are responsible for starting the Indian Wars out West.8 Though white soldiers instigated their own demise, under false pretense, war with the Plains Indians was then launched, intermittently spanning the next several decades, further decimating North America’s indigenous population. Also just to balance the good with the bad, the honest officer who filed the more truthful report, Lt. Colonel Hoffman, was also a West Pointer and classmate of another honorable grad named Robert E. Lee (Class of 1829). Hoffman was bravely willing to challenge his superiors in Washington upon realizing their agenda to simply whitewash the truth for rushing to war on a bunch of lies - what America has done to enter virtually every war it ever fights... the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Iraq War just to name a few.

 

Once word spread Back East, then President Franklin Pierce ordered immediate retaliation to avenge the 1854 “Grattan Massacre,” dispatching Brigadier General Harney and thirteen hundred soldiers that amounted to one tenth of the entire US Army in a preordained, punitive expedition purely out to “get even.” Lieutenant GK Warren served under Harney’s command as his engineering officer. General Harney left Fort Leavenworth on August 4th, 1855  uttering, “By God, I am for war - no peace!”9

 

His bloody taste for revenge was satiated a month later on September 3rd when with 600 men he approached a band of 230 Brule Sioux encamped along the Platte River in Nebraska Territory. While Harney parleyed with Chief Little Thunder, Chief Conquering Bear’s successor, the general had sent his cavalry unit the night before in a flanking position just north to block any possible escape. Before the chief even responded to Harney’s demands to hand over the warriors that in self-defense had killed Grattan and his men, just as the Indians discovered the cavalry poised for attack, Harney opened fire killing 86 Indians, many defenseless women and children seeking shelter in caves along the riverbank. Harney lost only four of his soldiers and captured 70 Native Americans.10 Though  numerous newspapers heralded the victory over the Sioux, there were a number of critics who called it an unjustifiable, senseless homicide against innocent women and children. The Sioux called Harney a woman killer.  
 

Though the junior officer Lt. Warren was forced to reluctantly participate in the slaughter, his first combat experience proved overwhelmingly gut wrenching for him. He knew what happened that day was wrong. In a letter to his brother, GK described the gripping, chilling experience watching innocents being brutally cut down in front of him, stating that he felt a sense of shame and guilt that kept him up all night caring for the hapless wounded women and children.11  Unlike the typical

military officer who views any enemy as less than human, especially the Native American “savages,” Gouverneur Warren was profoundly shaken by the senseless loss of life and bloodshed. The impact of killing other human beings gave him pause to think twice about his leadership role that would necessarily lead to the death of many others. A decade later this compassionate, humanitarian desire to save lives on the field of battle would cost him greatly in the final week of the Civil War.
 

Warren’s pioneering exploration and land surveying out West enabled him to create the very first comprehensive map of America west of the Mississippi River.12  Gouverneur was quite the Renaissance man, extremely well read in science, history and classic literature. Possessing a wide array of talent, as an artist he rendered meticulous illustrations and descriptions of his travels and observations, rich in exacting, exhaustive detail scoping over half the country, carefully

documenting his every challenge as a civil engineer, bridge builder and explorer often in dangerous regions with hostile tribes. Before and after the Civil War he worked extensively along the Mississippi River from its Minnesota headwaters on down south to its delta basin, building

remarkably constructed bridges across America’s largest river that still stand today.

 

Engineering talent ran in his family as his little sister Emily Warren Roebling helped finish the Brooklyn Bridge after her engineer husband took ill after his father a week into construction became disabled. The gala opening was her crowning achievement on May 24th, 1883, a year after her beloved brother died.13  Last year there was even a New York play running called “The Bridge” about Emily’s family.14 Hence the Brooklyn connection led to GK’s statue as one of three Civil War memorials gracing the entrance to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Between GK's new sword on his statue making the news and his sister featured in a musical recently, my great uncle and my great aunt are still great even today.

 

When the Civil War broke out, Warren was an assistant professor of mathematics at our alma mater West Point. Upon promotion to lieutenant colonel, he quickly assembled and took command of a local volunteers unit that became the 5th New York Infantry. He and his regiment fared well enough in what turned out to be the first land engagement of the Civil War, the Battle of Big Bethel in Virginia, to then be assigned as colonel and regimental commander. During the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, Warren led his troops in the Siege of Yorktown. Utilizing his engineering skills, he did reconnaissance to map attack routes up the Virginia Peninsula. He took command of the V Corps Brigade during Seven Days Battles. Sustaining a serious knee injury at Battle of Gaines’ Mill, he refused to leave the battlefield for treatment. Under his command, his brigade successfully turned back a Southern division’s attack at the Battle of Malvern Hill. At the Second Battle of Bull Run his

troops took heavy casualties, heroically turning back a brutal assault. In September 1862 Warren became a brigadier general and led his brigade in the Battle of Fredericksburg. Major General Joseph Hooker reorganized the Army of the Potomac, appointing Warren as his chief engineer. General Warren again was commended for valuable service in the critical Battle of Chancellorsville.15

 

When General Lee invaded north into Pennsylvania, it was Warren as the Army of the Potomac’s chief engineer who advised General Hooker on the best routes the North should take in pursuit.

The fast rising general’s greatest military achievement came on the second day at the Battle of Gettysburg when Warren realized a gap in the Union Army’s flank on top of the highest point of the historic battlefield at Little Round Top. Warren’s quick thinking rushed troops in defense to the hilltop arriving just in time to victoriously turn back the Confederate forces. This decisive action effectively became the turning point of the war’s most significant battle that in turn became the turning point of the entire Civil War in favor of the Union Army. Up until that moment in time the North had been losing the War Between the States. General Warren was again wounded, this time in the neck.16  After his Gettysburg heroics, Warren was quickly promoted to Major General, among the youngest to achieve that high rank at the time.

 

Despite repeatedly proving himself a dynamic, heroic and valuable leader in battle after battle, not everyone was won over by the young general’s leadership style or military performance. Out of egotistical jealousy and cutthroat competition notoriously engrained in some West Point grads, the hot tempered five-foot five-inch Philip Sheridan (Class of 1853), a year younger than Warren, seemed to hold a personal vendetta against him. Both were near the same age, near the same height with GK an inch or two taller, and both were the shining young stars of the Civil War. Sheridan’s Napoleonic complex and highly competitive, driven ambition may well have caused him to project his own insecurities onto Warren. Whatever shortcomings one possesses, if left unresolved it tends to manifest as aversive reactivity toward others who unconsciously trigger the very same unresolved issues within oneself. It’s called projection and Sheridan likely had a rather heavy dose of it when it came to his rival peer Warren.

 

Toward the final months of the Civil War, Warren’s approach and execution in battle clashed with the more aggressive, reckless style of Sheridan and Grant. Their favored strategy utilizing vastly superior numbers at the expense of inflicting enormous amounts of casualties on their own men conflicted with the more thoughtful, careful Warren who, from his very first carnage in combat with the Sioux, always considered battle strategies that optimized the odds for victory but never at the expense of human life, particularly when it was his own men. In contrast, Grant and Sheridan’s MO was simply to end up with the last troops standing in a war of attrition, regardless of how many of their own soldiers paid the fatal price for their brutality.

 

GK’s superior intelligence and finesse irritated the lesser IQ endowed Grant and Sheridan, especially when Warren made suggestions that were quickly misinterpreted as insolence questioning their authority, in the end making Warren vulnerable as their chosen enemy. At times Warren’s lack of patience for others’ inadequacies were viewed as condescending by those less endowed with intelligence and skill. Perhaps that was his fatal flaw, incurring others’ wrath and resentment, especially when it butted against the military’s rigid, authoritarian pecking order. Warren never played the politics game all that well either. Instead, as both a military leader and engineer, his focus was simply getting the job done in the most efficient manner with minimum loss of human life.

 

General Warren’s decisive and pivotal heroics at Gettysburg turned the entire war around, in effect, saving the Union. Warren’s instant fame and rapid climb up the ranks to Major General at 33 rubbed Sheridan the wrong way. Upon re-assignment under Grant to Virginia chasing down what was left of Lee’s depleted army, General Sheridan had the distinct advantage in courting the favor of the North’s top commander having fought earlier under General Grant on the western front. Thus, Sheridan had already secured Grant’s admiration as his superior’s personal young protégé.

 

At Petersburg, Virginia during the summer of 1864, Sheridan seized the opportunity to accuse Warren of being slow in his advance attack on the Confederacy after the North had planted and detonated a bomb in an underground mineshaft. But the reality was IX Corps stood between

Warren’s V Corps and the enemy that allowed the South to recover. Sheridan was already making the case, convincing his boss of Warren’s so called weakness, his hesitance to engage the enemy in a timely enough manner. Even though untrue, it was an unfair cheap shot that sealed the deal.

 

Despite Warren’s command producing successful interdiction of the Confederate’s railway supply line in August and December, and his repeated competence throughout the war, the writing was on the wall. By 1865 Sheridan had already manipulated Grant into giving Sheridan permission to relieve General Warren of his command at the first sign of Warren failing to move his troops quick enough to the battle line. With the war winding down, Sheridan realized he needed to make his move if he was to eliminate his main competition for Civil War fame and glory.
 
A week before the war ended, it was crunch time. So just days prior to Appomattox with the war

already won, General Sheridan went for Warren’s jugular even as the North was wrapping up the final victorious battle of the war at Five Forks. Sheridan was waiting for Warren so he could throw a tirade and on the spot relieve General Warren of his command in the final possible hour. The conspiracy between Sheridan and Grant to ruin Warren was blatantly criminal.
 

To commit such grievous wrongdoing - destroying a fellow officer’s career and subsequent life - Sheridan was merely acting out aggressively, getting rid of his stiffest competition. He selfishly exploited and capitalized on both his timing knowing the war would be over within days and his

protégé status with his superior, using the flimsy, lame and false excuse that General Warren was too cautious and slow in coming to Sheridan’s support. Sheridan’s egregiously unjust transgression infamously stands out as one the most horrific examples in military history of how one West Pointer ruined the career of another West Pointer. This evil cloak and dagger tactic of course is not uncommon amongst those West Point leaders who operate immorally driven by their own blind ambition for glory, fame and power at the expense of others.

 

Gouverneur Warren, a less aggressive, more thoughtful, more humane and honorable man, in protest resigned his commission as a major general of volunteers on May 27th, 1865. Though he continued on active duty working in the Corps of Engineers at the permanent rank of a lowly, humiliated major, the war hero built railroads and bridges over the next seventeen years along the Mississippi River.17 Warren also improved flood zones and harbors not only in the South but the Great Lakes and Atlantic regions as well.

 

GK Warren struggled the rest of his entire life trying desperately to right the wrong that had been done to him. Unfortunately timing again was not on his side as soon Grant became the eighteenth US President who of course constantly thwarted and turned down Warren’s repeated requests for a court of inquiry in efforts to exonerate himself. Finally fourteen years later the same year Warren was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1879, then President Rutherford Hayes ultimately granted the fallen hero his day in court. So many years later the long and lengthy inquiry lasted more than a hundred days of heated testimony that included formidable opposition from the likes of Sheridan, Grant and General Sherman, the three most powerful military men in America. But those officers who fought alongside Warren stood by him, knowing the truth that a good man and national hero was being destroyed in the grossest travesty of justice.

 

According to Eric Wittenberg’s book entitled Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of General Philip H. Sheridan (Potomac 2002), Sheridan was completely in the wrong, concluding that Warren was exactly where he should have been that fateful day:

 

     General Warren in fact was handling dispositions of his divisions in a manner consistent with that
     of a corps commander, and the attack by the V Corps carried the day at Five Forks, arguably the 
     pivotal battle in the final days against Lee’s army.18

 

The 1880 inquest agreed that it was Sheridan who wrongly acted that day in 1865. Tragically by the time those findings were published in 1882 clearing my Uncle Gouverneur Kemble Warren, he had died just three months earlier. Even his obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer identified what

actually caused his death:

 

     He had been confined to his bed less than one week; but for a long time, especially since the
     close of the recent Court of Inquiry relating to his conduct at the battle of Five Forks, he has
     shown signs of great mental depression, and actually died of a broken heart, although he had
     diseases which in time might have caused death.19

 

My honorable uncle felt so humiliated by his ruined career and seeming inability to right the wrong the previous 17 bitter years of his life that he opted to be buried in civilian clothes foregoing any military honors at his funeral. Maliciously, willfully destroying a brilliant man’s life and career cost Sheridan absolutely nothing. In fact, a year after Warren’s death, Sheridan was rewarded with the promotion as Commanding General of the US Army. In 1888 just prior to his own death, Sheridan rose to the same pinnacle his cronies Sherman and Grant had attained, the highest rank of all - General of the Army of the United States.

 

After America’s bloodiest war, the ever-bloodthirsty Sheridan couldn’t get enough, so he headed west to do his part exterminating the original Americans. There he made even more of a name for himself as the fearless Indian fighter with the infamous misquote, “the only good Indian is a dead Indian.” Actually after a Comanche Chief told Sheridan that he was a “good Indian,” Sheridan smirked replying, “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead.” 
 
While a cadet at West Point, the ruthless killer Sheridan actually bayoneted a fellow cadet and rather than get rid of the psycho-killer, he was suspended a year and allowed to return to his studies at West Point to graduate near last in his class like other notables Grant and Custer. Sheridan relished in his murderous role along with his West Point buddy General “Tecumseh” Sherman in eliminating as many Native Americans out West as their evil-doing genocide allowed. And regarding the so called “collateral damage” of murdering innocent women and children, his response:
 

     If a village is attacked and women and children killed, the responsibility is not with the soldiers
     but with the people whose crimes necessitated the attack.20

 

And those crimes were simply being born Native American. The United States rewards killers and destroys the true heroes.

 

This telling story of my long lost family relative epitomizes the premise of this entire presentation - how evil is so often elevated to the highest echelons of power while humility and leadership greatness too often are either overlooked or willfully destroyed. With such a promising career and life cut so short at the relatively young age of just fifty-two, GK Warren seemed destined for greatness with so much talent, leadership and humanity going for him.
 

Starting at West Point at just 16 years of age, Warren gave the next 36 years of his life to America. And it was nothing short of outstanding military service, engineering genius and history changing heroism, until his nemesis came along. General Warren deserved much better than what he got. An unforgivable injustice was inflicted on my uncle, despite his remarkable life and accomplishments. Due to one man’s evil act, conspired and then sealed by America’s first West Point President, the full potential of what Warren could have achieved and given to his country was totally crushed and will never be known.

 

I find this sad irony both fateful and fitting that a century later I would suddenly first learn about my great uncle as a fellow West Pointer on the verge of my own historical crossroads, trying to right yet another wrong this time being perpetrated by unscrupulous West Point officers against me as a cadet. After being railroaded out of the Academy for excessive demerits on a series of false charges due to command conspiracy, I took West Point to court for failure to allow due process of law and won, becoming the first cadet since its 1802 founding to legally beat the system. When I returned to finish my senior year, I imagined ol’ Gouve was smiling down on me for my triumph despite him not living quite long enough to see his own vindication and justice.
 
General Warren represented the positive kind of leadership that leads by example, that demonstrates genuine care and concern for his soldiers and is always looking out for their best interest over his own. I’m both grateful and proud to have a long lost great-great-great uncle whose incredible contributions saved the Union during America’s darkest hour. His brand of West Point leadership provides us with inspiration and hope that today’s generals will also rise to the challenge and do what is both moral and honorable, following their sworn oath to defend and protect our Constitution, our nation and our people no matter what during America’s latest dark hour.      







1  Sam Roberts, “Long Unarmed, 2 Generals Will Be Reunited With Their Swords,” New York Times, 23 June 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/nyregion/unarmed-for-decades-two-generals-will-be-reunited-with-their-swords.html?_r=0 (accessed 15 Oct. 2014).

2  “Biographical Note: Gouverneur Kemble Warren’s Papers, 1848-1882,” New York State Library (Albany, New York), (online) http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/msscfa/sc10668.htm (accessed 3 June 2013).

3  “Soldier and Brave Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings: Grattan Fight Site,” US National Park Service, (online) http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/soldier/sitec19.htm (accessed 3 June 2013).

4  Ibid.

5  Paul Norman Beck, The First Sioux War: The Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek, 1854-1856, (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2004), p. 71.

6  George Emory Faye, Military Engagements between United States Troops and Plains Indians, Volume 1, Museum of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, 1980, p. 20.

7  Jefferson Davis, Report to the President, 4 Dec. 1854, Central Pacific Railroad History Museum, Library of T.D. Judah, (online) http://cprr.org/Museum/SecWar_1854_TDJ.html (accessed 10 Oct. 2014).

8  Michael Griske, The Diaries of John Hunton: Made to Last, Written to Last: Sagas of the Western Frontier, (Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2005), p. 63.

9  Paul Norman Beck, The First Sioux War: The Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek, 1854-1856, (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2004), p. 83.

10  “Battle of Blue Water,” Nebraska State Historical Society, (online) http://www.nebraskahistory.org/publish/markers/texts/battle_of_blue_water.htm (accessed 3 June 2013).

11  Gouveneur K. Warren, letter to Robert Warren, 4 Sept. 1855, folder 3-7, box 3, GK Warren Family Letters, New York State Library (Albany, New York).

12  US Army Corps of Engineers, Historical Vignette 119 - Warren’s Map of the West, (online) http://www.usace.army.mil/About/History/HistoricalVignettes/ParksandMonuments/119WarrensMap.aspx (accessed 3 June 2013).

13  Corky Siemaszko, “How Emily Warren Roebling Helped Save = and Complete - the Brooklyn Bridge,” New York Daily News, 24 May 2012, http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/emily-warren-roebling-helped-save-complete-brooklyn-bridge-article-1.1083976 (accessed 3 June 2013).

14  Danielle Furfarro, Roebling Suite: Musical Celebrates the Brooklyn Bridge,” Brooklyn Daily, 9 Oct. 2014, http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2014/41/24-brooklyn-bridge-musical-2014-10-10-bk_2014_41.html (accessed 14 Oct. 2014).

15  New York State Library, “Biographical Note: Gouverneur K. Warren,” (online) http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/msscfa/sc10668.htm (accessed 3 June 2013).

16  US Army Corps of Engineers, The Savior of Little Round Top: GK Warren at Gettysburg, (online) http://www.usace.army.mil/About/History/ArmyEngineersintheCivilWar/battles/warrenatgettysburg.aspx (accessed 3 June 2013).

17  New York State Library, “Biographical Note: Gouverneur K. Warren,” (online) http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/msscfa/sc10668.htm (accessed 3 June 2013).

18  Eric Wittenberg, Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of General Philip H. Sheridan (Washington DC: Potomac 2002), p. 122.

19  “Major General Gouverneur Warren Obituary,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 9 Aug. 1882, (online) http://localhistory.morrisville.edu/sites/unitinfo/warren.html (accessed 3 June 2013).

20  “New Perspectives on The West: Philip Henry Sheridan,” PBS, (online) http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/sheridan.htm (accessed 3 June 2013).
 
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now concentrates on his writing and has a blog site at http://empireexposed. blogspot. com/He is also a regular contributor to Global Research and a syndicated columnist at Veterans Today.