Friday, June 29, 2012

Faces of the Civil War: George Warner (continued)

Double-amputee George Warner,  his wife and six of his children pose for a photo, probably
in the early 1870s. Right, Warner and his wife, Catherine, in old age. Bottom right: Headline
 in New Haven Sunday Register noting Warner's death in 1923. (Photos courtesy Bob O'Brien)
Catherine Warner holds her baby and
a cannonball.
Former New Haven (Conn.) prosecutor Bob O'Brien, now retired, has really dug into the remarkable story of George Warner, a private in the 20th Connecticut, who lost both his arms to friendly fire at Culp's Hill at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. O'Brien kindly supplied the two photos above, the one on the left showing Warner posing with his wife and young children and the other showing the double amputee with his wife, Catherine, probably about 1910. In the photo at left, Catherine holds baby Ruby and a cannonball that, according to O'Brien, may have been of the type that severely disfigured her husband. After the Civil War, the enterprising Warner supported his family in part by selling carte de visites of himself. Interestingly, Warner outlived five of his eight children and his wife, who died in 1913. The old soldier, who unveiled two Civil War monuments using his teeth, died in 1923 at age 92. He's buried in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.

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