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The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger, Civil War Soldier

by:
Bob O'Connor (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-9993-2 ©2014
Price: $12.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 298 pages
Category/Subject: HISTORY / General

James E. Hanger was wounded at Philippi, Virginia on June 3, 1861 and became the first amputee of the American Civil War. He hated the Yankee peg leg his Union doctor gave him. Instead, he used his ingenuity and engineering background to invent an artificial leg with a joint at the knee and a hinge at the ankle. He patented his Hanger Limb. His invention revolutionized the prosthetic industry. The company Mr. Hanger founded still operates today as one of the world’s largest providers of artificial limbs. His story is quite remarkable.

Abstract:
James E. Hanger was wounded at Philippi, Virginia on June 3, 1861 and became the first amputee of the American Civil War. He hated the Yankee peg leg his Union doctor gave him. Instead, he used his ingenuity and engineering background to invent an artificial leg with a joint at the knee and a hinge at the ankle. He patented his Hanger Limb.

His invention revolutionized the prosthetic industry. The company Mr. Hanger founded still operates today as one of the world’s largest providers of artificial limbs. His story is quite remarkable.

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Customer Reviews

  Truly an amazing historical figure , 04/23/2014
Reviewer: Joanne White
In author Bob O’Connor’s sixth historical novel, he has expertly researched and shared the story of someone O’Connor calls “the most important soldier of the Civil War”. Once you read this compelling story, you will most likely agree! James E. Hanger was wounded on the second day of his enlistment, and the injury resulted in a hastily arranged amputation of his leg. When Hanger was issued a standard replacement limb, he made the best of it until he was able to return to his home and use his engineering mind and his hands to craft a better prosthetic. This took long days and nights, and through it all, O’Connor builds a story of patience, perseverance, brilliance, caring, devotion to the task, and a willingness to keep seeking a better limb. A person who lived in his town was his first “patient,” and he built a prosthetic leg for him at no charge and then kept revising his design until he was sure it fit correctly. This began Hanger’s lifetime career of designing, making, and distributing artificial limbs to both veterans and those who had lost a limb due to an accident or another circumstance. O’Connor weaves Hanger’s personal story, his positive attitude, and the growth of his prosthetic business to present a compelling and significant story of a man whose company is still in existence today. Each scene brings a real episode to life through the author’s descriptive language. For example, the story of Hanger’s return to Philipi was told with emotion, depth, and a great sense of place. The reader will feel like they are right with James and his wife, Nora, as they relive the time James had spent there at a pivotal time in his life. Every Civil War novel teaches us something important about that incredible time in our nation’s history. This story presents us with the story of a real man whose legacy is truly amazing and whose brilliance in creating a better world for people who have lost limbs remains an important story today. After reading this book, I have to agree with Bob O’Connor that Mr. Hanger is truly the most important soldier of the Civil War. Joanne L. White, Ferryville, Wisconsin

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  Buying another book! , 06/14/2014
Reviewer: Shelley Murphy
Enjoyed the book about the life of James Hanger. it was amazing! I was asked to dinner by a former student. We chatted about the civil war and my research. He shared about his great grandfather who served in the civil war and lost his leg. His grandfather had a "peg" leg. So I am ordering another book to give as a thank you gift for dinner. I believe he would enjoy it! Keep them coming Bob. Shelley

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