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Gustav Albert Schurmann
Birth: Feb. 4, 1849
Death: Jul. 19, 1905
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

The famed "Little Bugler" who became the playmate of Tad Lincoln was a musician's son, an advantage that enabled him to enlist as a drummer boy in New York's "Mozart Regiment" at age 12 in 1861. Born in Westphalia, he had immigrated to the US with his parents, Frederick and Caroline, while still an infant. The Schurmanns settled in New York City, where "Gus" had worked as a bootblack prior to enlisting. Brave and reliable as well as musically gifted, he soon became a bugler, riding into battle alongside Generals Kearny, Birney, Stoneman and Sickles. When Sickles' leg was shattered at Gettysburg, Gus used his handkerchief to make a tourniquet. He met Tad Lincoln during a Presidential troop inspection and was consequently invited to the White House. The two boys became friends, their amusements ironically including a backstage chat with John Wilkes Booth, whose acting had "thrilled" 12-year-old Tad. Gus ended his army days as a 15-year-old sergeant and veteran of 10 battles. Although he had hoped to attend West Point, his limited formal schooling and the necessity of supporting his widowed mother prevented him from joining "the long gray line". Active in veterans' organizations, he worked as a bookbinder and later clerked in the NY Customs House. In 1870 he married Anastasia Quinlan. In July 1905 Gus died of tuberculosis at the age of 56, his wife having predeceased him 2 months earlier. Their only child, a daughter Lillian who died in 1958, is also buried in the Schurmann plot.
(PHOTO from 1862 carte de visite by R.W. Addis; Courtesy of William B. Styple.)  (bio by: Nikita Barlow) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Anastasia Quinlan Schurmann (1852 - 1905)*
 
 Children:
  Lillian Schurmann Wassman (1871 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Plot: Schurmann family plot
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Nikita Barlow
Record added: Jan 27, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6128751
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