Presented by Bob O’Connor
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00pm
Wagon Shed Room of the Visitors Center
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 later patented as the Hanger Limb. His invention revolutionized the prosthetic industry. The company Mr. Hanger founded still operates today as one of the worlds largest providers of artificial limbs. Join us to hear this remarkable story of innovation and sheer grit from author Bob O’Connor.