On April 23, 2012, the Cheshire Historical Society hosted Member Bob O'Brien who presented: "The 20th Connecticut Volunteers, Gettysburg and Private George Washington Warner." Mr. O'Brien recently spoke in Milford and Shelton, however this talk was the first time he had some of the Warner descendants in attendance. Mr. Don Steele, a Cheshire resident (located to center right in this photo, seated to the right of the window). Also in attendence was Mr. George Geer, the president of the Housatonic Civil War Roundtable. The event was very well attended with standing room only.
Members of the audience at the April 23rd Talk. Don Steele of Cheshire, at left, is George Warener's great-grandson and Molly Solbak, Lancaster, PA, in the front row left is Warner's great great granddaughter. Also in attendance were Warner's great grandson Charles Warner of West Haven and great great grandson Mark Marganski of Naugatuck
|Photo right: Bob O'Brien with display case containing reunion ribbons from 20th Connecticut Volunteers and Admiral Foote GAR Post # 17 reunions. George Warner was a very active member of the Foote GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post.|
|Photo Left - Cheshire Historical Society President, Diane Calabro, Bob O'Brien, and Christine Pittsley, Cheshire Historical Society Board Member|
|Don Steel discussed his family history with Ed Kania, CHS Treasurer, and others during reception after the talk.|
Below is a photograph of the 20th Connecticut veterans at Culp's Hill at Gettysburg on the occasion of their monument dedication on July 3, 1885.l George Warner can be seen seated on a rock on the left side of the monument. He was chosen by his fellow veterans to have the honor of unveiling the monument and this was done by attaching a pulley to a nearby tree and tying the rope around Warner's waist. He then walked backwards from the monument raising the flag that can be seen in the background to uncover the monument. Private Warner lost both his arms to "friendly fire" on the molrning of July 3, 1863 as his regiment fought to retake trench works on Culp's Hill. He would later remark to the regimental surgeon, "Why surgeon, I've lost my right arm too...I thought I had only lost my left." (Photo A below)An enlargement of the center are of Photo A shows a close up view of Warner on what is still known as "Warner's Rock." The regiment's commander at Gettysburg, Lt. Colonel William Wooster, is shown standing to the right of the monument facing the camera (Photo B below)
To help support his family after the war George Warner sold books. He also sold what are commonly called CDVs (cartes de visite) or "visiting cards" which were small photo cards. These are pictures of four of the CDVs Warner sold. There are at least nine different Warner CDVs we are aware of. (In the table, Photo C / Photo D, and below them, Photo E / Photo F)
This photo (below) of George Warner appears in the book "Gettysburg - Stories of Men and Monuments" by Frederick W. Hawthorne on the page devoted to the 20th Connecticut's monument. Photo H (right) is how it appears in the book. It would seem that the negative was reversed when it was printed as his hair is parted on his right and some hair stocks out over his right ear while in all other photos of Warner his hair is parted on his left. We have reversed the photo in Photo G which is how it should have been printed (also see Photo I).
(Photo G / Photo H below)
Below is a George Warner CDV that was used in an article about the 20th Connecticut at Culp's Hill at Gettysburg in the July 1997 issue of Gettysburg Magazine (Issue #17) authored by Jeffrey and Loree Kowalis. The article includes the story of how Warner was injured during the battle and of his unveiling the monument in 1885. (Photo I below)
This is another of the CDVs of George Warner (Photo J below)
Below is an interesting portrait of George Warner taken late in life. From viewing this photo, you would not be aware f his disability that is so obvious inj the other photos (except Photo I) that we have seen of him. Note he is proudly wearing his GAR medal. (Photo KL below)
|Warner Family CDVs (c. 1870s)These photos are Warner family CDVs taken around 1870 by two different New Haven photographers. The baby in the pictures, Ruby, was born in 1869. These pictures show George and Catherine (Doherty) Warner with six of their children. They had five children when George enlisted in August of 1862 and three more after he returned from the war. Two of the children had died before these photos were taken. In Photo N (right) you can see that Catherine is holding a small cannonball in her right hand; probably of the type that caused George's injuries at Gettysburg. (Photo M / Photo N)|
|A picture of George and Catherine Warner probably taken in their yard at 230 Edgewood Avenue around 1910. Catherine would die in 1913 and George's death in 1923 was reported by the New Haven Register with a page one obituary. As you can see Warner has his empty sleeves tucked into his coat pockets. This is a a vivid childhood memory that Dan Steele has of his "Grandpa Warner." (Photo O)|
These photos show the "Faces of the Battle" Wall in the museum at the new Visitor's Center at Gettysburg. In photo Q, you can see a good part of the wall - tyhe photos to the right of the dividing molding are Union soldiers and to the left are Confederate soldiers. The wall shows some men from both sides who were killed or wounded at Gettysburg. Photo P shows most of the Union pictures and in the row on the extreme right you will find George Warner is the fourth picture from the bottom. Photo R shows a close up of Warner's photo on the wall. (Photo P, Q, R - detail)
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