War wound leads to in­ven­tion . . . 26

The Washington Times Weekly - - Page Two -

James Ed­ward Hanger was a healthy man of 18 and a sopho­more at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Lex­ing­ton, Va., when he de­cided to fight in the War Be­tween the States. Lo­cal of­fi­cials con­sid­ered him too young to join the Con­fed­er­ate army, but when he found an am­bu­lance corps ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing food and other sup­plies for the Con­fed­er­acy, he sim­ply made him­self part of the group leav­ing his home­town of Churchville, Va. When the group reached Philippi, Va. (now in West Vir­ginia), he en­listed with the Churchville Cavalry on June 2, 1861. That unit was one of four that would be­come the 14th Vir­ginia Cavalry, a group that fought in many ma­jor cam­paigns of the war, in­clud­ing Get­tys­burg, all the way to Ap­po­mat­tox.

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