Sunday, January 30, 2011

He lost it in the war

My great great grandfather, James Henderson Hogan served in the Confederate army during the Civil War. I found a photo of him a couple years ago in an old family bible. He was born in 1835 and died in 1918.

It was not a very good photo to begin with and after 100 years had been scratched and faded to make it barely recognizable. One personal feature about him does show up if you enlarge the photo enough. His Florida Civil War pension said he was missing a finger. In fact his right forefinger, the index was amputated during the war.

He was a Sergeant in the famed 2nd Florida Infantry Battalion so with a missing trigger finger he must have been pretty determined to continue with the army until the end of the war.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Great picture - maybe you could have it 'restored' - there are places that do that.