GAR Records
G. K. Warren Post #63
East Tawas, Iosco County, Michigan

Organized June 10, 1882

The Application for Post Charter requests the name Alger for this Post.

The Post was named to honor Major General Gouverneur Kemble Warren of Cold Spring, New York. He was born January 8, 1830 and graduated from West Point in 1850. He was a topographical engineer and did survey work in the Dakotas and Nebraska. He became assistant professor of mathematics at West Point in 1859. In May 1861 he was Lt. Colonel of the 5th New York Infantry (Zouaves) and in August became its Colonel. He was involved in several major actions and was slightly wounded at Gaines Mills and on September 26, 1862 was promoted to Brigadier General. At Gettysburg he was the first to realize the importance of Little Round Top and took steps to fortify this strong point. He was promoted to Major General in October 1863. He commanded the 5th Corps in the Wilderness and Cold Harbor. A soldier to the core, he never left the Army and conducted various surveys and reached the grade f Lieutenant Colonel, regular army, in 1879. General Warren died at Newport, R.I. on August 8, 1882.

The report of the Mustering Officer was not in the file and there is no list of Charter Members.

The first Post Commander was Lyman B. Smith who enlisted as a Private in Company C, 1st Minnesota Rangers on September 23, 1862. He was discharged as Lieutenant on January 20, 1865.

The Post met at Carpenter Hall on Newman Street. By June 1892 they met at the G.A.R. Hall on Newman Street.

The last Post Commander was Reuben Wade who served in Company K, 11 Michigan Cavalry from September 7, 1864 until May 18, 18675.

The Report of December 31, 1918 contained the note - "There has been no Regular meeting of G. K. Warren Post No. 63 at East Tawas, Mich. For the past 6 mos. - We have no officers and only 3 members". (the prior Report had shown 10 Members.)

The last Report was filed December 31, 1927. Reuben Wade died in 1930.

The Post was disbanded in 1930.

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