Saturday, August 29, 2009

Emma Igel's father's Death Notices - Dr. Charles Schussler

These are various newspaper notices concerning the death of Emma's father; Dr. Charles Schussler. He was a remarkable man who served in the Union army during the Civil War as General Grant's surgeon.

Schussler - In this city, Sunday evening, September 20th, 1874, at 7 o'clock, Dr. Charles Schussler, in the 67th year of his age.
The funeral will take place to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from the family residence. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.

ATTENTION SOLDIERS! All Soldiers who seved in the war of the rebellion are requested to meet at the Court House this evening at seven o'clock, to make arrangements to attend the funeral of their late comrade, Dr. Charles Schussler. Let there be a full meeting.

From Daily Courier, Tuesday, September 21st

Dr. Charles Schussler - The death of Dr. Charles Schussler occurred yesterday evening at seven o'clock. The deceased was widely known in the city and was in many respects a remarkable man. During the forty-two years of his residence in Madison he stood in the front ranks of his profession. In educational and professional attainments perhaps no physician in this city has yet equalled him. His knowledge of medicine was extraordinary.
Charles Schussler was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1807. He received his education in the Universities at Tubingen and Vienna, and subsequently graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1828 he left Germany for New York City where he established himself in the drug business. Shortly thereafter the drugstore was sold and a brig was purchased in which the enterprising Schussler led a colony to Texas, then engaged in the struggle for independence. Returning from Texas after a few years Dr. Schussler lived for a time in New Orleans, but finally came to Madison and held his residence in this city until his death.
The California gold excitement attracted the Doctor across the Continent for a time. At the breaking out of the late war Dr. Schussler promptly offered his services in support of the Union and went out as Surgeon in the first Regiment raised in Indiana, the gallant Sixth, commanded by Colonel T.T. Crittenden. Dr. Schussler served four years as Surgeon, having charge of Brigades and Divisions, and finally the immense Post Hospital at Nashville. His health was enfeebled by arduous labors and exposure, and he never fully recovered from their effects.
For several years he has gradually declined in strength. Yesterday morning an attack of the valves of the heart first prostrated him during the day, and at eventide, carried him to his last repose. Peace to his ashes!

The mortal remains of Dr. Chrles Schussler were Interred in Springdale Cemetery yesterday afternoon at three o'clock. In advance of the funeral cortege was a military band, the national colors, and a squad of the late companions-in-arms of the deceased.
The soldiers appropriately carried their muskets reversed, and when the body was deposited in the grave fired a final salute to the memory of the departed. The medical profession of the city preceded the hearse in the procession and a long line of mourning friends in carriages brought up the rear. The pall bearers were Messrs. Charlesworth, Cravens, Cochran, Tilton, Harper, Orr, and Dietz.

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