Revere, Joseph Warren
Revere, Joseph Warren(1812–80) naval officer, army general; born in Boston, Mass. (grandson of Paul Revere). A true adventurer, he joined the U.S. Navy as a midshipman (1828). As a naval lieutenant, he raised the U.S. flag at Sonoma during the Mexican War (1846). He resigned from the navy (1850), and while ranching and trading in California, he organized the artillery of the Mexican army (1851–52). He rose to the rank of army general during the Civil War, but was dismissed for removing his men from the battle of Chancellorsville (1863). (Lincoln revoked his sentence and he was allowed to resign.) He wrote Keel and Saddle: A Retrospective of Forty Years of Military and Naval Service (1872).
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