The Little Bugler: The True Story a Twelve-Year-Old Boy in the Civil War

Styple, William B.

Published by Belle Grove Publishing Company, 1998
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Synopsis: It was a time of turbulence; the outbreak of the Civil War. He was a twelve-year-old boot-black from New York City. Caught up in the fervor of the moment and longing for soldierly adventure, young Gustav Schurmann enlists as a musician with the 40th New York, Company I. Little does he know of the excitement, danger, and hardship that await him. During the four years of his military career, this drummer would quickly rise in the ranks and be promoted to division bugler. He would be appointed orderly to Major-Generals Philip Kearny, David Birney, George Stoneman, and Daniel Sickles. He would become fast friends with Tad Lincoln, the President's youngest son. And, he would learn first hand of the tragedies and devastation of war. Through it all, small but tough as he was, Gus would emerge as his own hero, proving his bravery and strength of character in ten battles, from Bull Run to Gettysburg. This is his story: an unforgettable tale of duty and loyalty to family, friends, and cause in a war that would forever change his life, and our nation.

The Little Bugler: the True Story of a Twelve-Year-Old Boy in the Civil War relates more than the engaging saga of Gustav Schurmann, as it also explains Civil War and other military terminology in an easy-to-read manner. Additionally, a glossary is included for quick reference. Dozens of photos, images, and illustrations serve to further enhance the reader's appreciation of the characters in this story and the period in which they lived.

From the Author: Recreating the life and times of a twelve-year-old soldier during the Civil War presented some challenges for me. On the one hand, I wanted to write a completely factual book, footnoted and documented for the scholarly reader. On the other hand, I wanted to present an informative and enjoyable story for young readers who might ask: What was life actually like for a twelve-year-old boy in the Civil War?

In July, 1997, I visited the grave site of Gustav Schurmann in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, New York. The badly damaged government headstone was mostly sunken beneath the surface. Barely visible on the stone was the name "G.A. Schurmann." Behind this marker was the larger Schurmann-family headstone, now covered with dead ivy and long neglected. As I cleaned the grave site and placed a small American flag upon it, I decided that I wanted this book to serve as a tribute to Gustav Schurmann, the Little Bugler, and, above all, as a remembrance to all of the children who served in the American Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Publisher: Belle Grove Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1998
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