About this Famous Person
James M. WARNER
New England manufacturer and a brevet brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
Source : Tim DOWLING
Warner was born in Middlebury, Vermont, the son of Joseph and Jane Anne (Meech) Warner. He graduated from Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire in 1854, and attended Middlebury College for two years, until he was accepted as a cadet in the United States Military Academy on July 1, 1855. He graduated from West Point on July 1, 1860, standing 40th in a class of 41.
brevet 2nd Lieutenant Warner was assigned to the 10th U.S. Infantry, and, on February 28, 1861, was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to the 8th U.S. Infantry. He was then promoted to 1st Lieutenant May 31, 1861, and assigned to Fort Wise, Colorado Territory.
Lieutenant Warner probably received a first-rate education in North-South politics while stationed at Fort Wise. Among the officers there at the start of the war were Maj. John Sedgwick, future commander of the Sixth Corps; William S. Walker, a Pennsylvanian who went with the Confederacy, probably because of his marriage to a Floridian; Richard Riddick, who would fall leading his 34th North Carolina at Gaines' Mill and William D. DeSaussure, who died at Gettysburg leading his 15th South Carolina; Edward Newby, of Virginia and James McIntyre, of Tennessee, both of whom would stay with the Union; and the redoubtable James Ewell Brown "J.E.B." Stuart, who would become the bane of many a Union cavalry trooper.