|Birth: ||1806, Germany|
|Death: ||Jul. 9, 1878|
New York, USA
US Army Musician, a.k.a. Louis Benz.
Chief Bugler of the US Military Academy for 40 years, 1834-1874, Louis Benz died in his early 70's, still on active duty at West Point. Born in Orlofen, Germany, the former cavalry musician was a master of the keyed bugle. Preceded in death two years earlier by his wife, Rachel, who is also buried here, he remained devoted to his post at West Point and to his dog, "Hans". Recognized as one of the most distinguished buglers in American history, Benz has also been memorialized in the "Taps Project" at Arlington National Cemetery.
Although his surname is spelled "Bentz" on the monument marking his grave, he is registered on the official burial roster of the US Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration as "LOUIS BENZ, PVT/BUGLER DET ART, USMA/US CADET CORPS, DATE OF DEATH 7/09/1878, BURIED AT: SECTION A, SITE 403, US MILITARY ACADEMY". His file at the US Library of Congress is also entitled "Louis Benz", and the t-less spelling is seen at the Taps Project exhibition, and in works by musical scholars and bugle experts who've done extensive research on his bugling style and his instrument.
But as Benz or Bentz, a bugler by any other name could not have been held in greater affection by the West Point's Corps of Cadets, who designed and paid for his monument here. Made of then-fashionable cast zinc, the inscriptions on its facades pay tribute to his service, citing him as "The Bugler", "A Faithful Soldier" and "Old Bentz". A possible explanation for the Benz/Bentz discrepancy is that the cadets, being more accustomed to hearing Benz's name than seeing it, assumed that it was spelled as it was pronounced. -Bio by Nikita Barlow
Rachel Benz (1810 - 1876)*
BORN IN 1806
JULY 9, 1878
45 YEARS A SOL-
DIER IN THE U.S.
ARMY, AND 32 YEARS
A BUGLER AT THE
"TO THE MEMORY
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
New York, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 41.40022, -73.96631
Created by: Nikita Barlow
Record added: Dec 05, 2006
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