Do you know this warrior?

A few years before this photo was taken, this man served in the NY 16th Cavalry, alongside my great-grandfather, Archibald Van Orden. Fate brought them together to endure the same dangers as they fought the enemy in war. Do you recognize him?

Young GW jr.

In peace, destiny drove this man to patent the invention he envisioned when he was a prisoner of war in 1864. Do you recognize what this drawing shows?

1865 Patent Drawing

Later, this man became a key protagonist in the “battle of currents” with Thomas Edison. Edison backed Direct Current. This man backed Alternating Current. AC went on to predominance as the electricity that we use at home today.

As time progressed, his company grew into a 20th century manufacturing power, and continues even into our 21st century lives.

7 responses to “Do you know this warrior?

  1. It’s a drawing of the first, apartment-sized, over/under washing machine and dryer.

  2. Is it Bell?

  3. George Westinghouse Jr. and the drawing is a rotary steam engine patent # 50759 which was patented Oct 31st, 1865. Great challenge, took a while to figure it out!

    • Great job, Ken! You nailed it. My great-grandfather, Archie Van Orden, and George Westinghouse Jr. were comrades-in-arms who became friends. This friendship was especially important after they were captured and sent to Andersonville Prison in 1864. Of the 18 men captured by Mosby’s Rangers, only 3 survived from five months of imprisonment in horrendous conditions — Archie, George, and Boston Corbett. Their shared travails and fates are central to the drama in the book I am writing.

  4. Susan McFeatters

    One of my ancestors did time at Libby Prison and then Salisbury.

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