Just Makin’ Stuff Up
This is (at least) the fourth time Gary’s posted this nonsense:
A Confederate soldier for less than a day, James Hanger had the misfortune of losing a leg at the first land battle of the war, Philippi Bridge, WV, He returned home to Churchville, Virginia and made himself an artificial leg then found he had a market in both the North and South and started the Hanger Corp, still in business today. . . . Sadly, as with the rest of the politically correct world in which we live, the company no longer relates the story of their origin.
That’s not even remotely true; Hanger, Inc. dropped a not-insignificant amount of money a couple of years back on making this video (above). The company not only developed a webpage about its origins, they created a separate Internet domain for it, Hanger150.com. You go to main company website, click on “About Us,” then on “Hanger’s History.” Two clicks, that’s all. Hell, James Edward Hanger’s biography on the site begins with the sentence, “On June 1, 1861, 18-year-old engineering student James Edward Hanger left his family, forgoing his studies at Washington College. . . to join his brothers in the Confederate Army.”
Have any of the nearly 2,000 True Southrons™ over there ever nudged Gary on this foolishness? Not as far as I can tell. But then, it’s heritage: it doesn’t matter if it’s true, so long as it reaffirms your oppression under the boot heel of political correctness.
Update, May 5: Gary clears up the confusion, while complaining about “bloggers who likes to fact check posts here and straigten [sic.] the wrongs of the world.” As usual, the true villain here is not the person who repeatedly posted something demonstrably untrue, but the person who publicly called him on it. Good times.