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 Gustav Albert Schurmann

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Gustav Albert Schurmann Famous memorial

Birth
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death
19 Jul 1905 (aged 56)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot
Schurmann family plot
Memorial ID
6128751 View Source

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 40th "Mozart Regiment" at age 12 in 1861. Born in western Germany, in what was then known as the Provence of Westphalia in Prussia, 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 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.

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 40th "Mozart Regiment" at age 12 in 1861. Born in western Germany, in what was then known as the Provence of Westphalia in Prussia, 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 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.

Bio by: Nikita Barlow


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Nikita Barlow
  • Added: 27 Jan 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6128751
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6128751/gustav-albert-schurmann: accessed ), memorial page for Gustav Albert Schurmann (4 Feb 1849–19 Jul 1905), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6128751, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.