8th MO Infantry (US) - Company L

Carl Schultz was a musician in the 8th Missouri Volunteer Infantry (US).   His pension information includes testimonials from Friedrich Brinkopf, Christian Allers, Christian Schrader, Henry Brandes, Louis Fossenbuck   Louis testified that he was in Co. L 8th MO, and was with Schultz thru the last of July, 1864, when Schultz left Atlanta.
Schultz received $12/month pension for a shell wound in his left thigh.   His obituary states that he was wounded at Fort Donelson and Shiloh.   Family accounts passed down indicate wounds in both legs.   Firsthand account states that he was crippled in one leg and walked with a cane for the rest of his life after the war.
Another firsthand account says that Charles Schultz was a very gifted craftsman, artist, and musician - he played most every instrument in the band, and was a local band leader after the war.
Enlisted as Musician 1st brig. Band 2nd Div. A Corps: July 29, 1861 - July 29, 1864.   The Army changed its policy towards musicians a number of times during the war.

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Musical Instruments

Called Carl when he was born on July 9, 1840, in the town of Brunsen in the Duchy of Braunschweig, Germany.   He died on Sept 11, 1915, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; buried in Lorimier Cemetary Section 2, Lot 7, Grave 2.
Charles Schultz married twice.   First wife was Johanna Wilhelmine Juliane Ziegenbein (born: July 26, 1841 died: about 1863).   They married during the Civil War on Aug 25, 1862, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.   Second wife was Caroline Rusche (born: Mar 27, 1844 died: Feb 20, 1929).   Charles and Caroline married on Nov 20, 1865, in the Lutheran Church of Cape Girardeau.
He came to America on the ship, Ernestine, from Bremen to New Orleans, arriving on November 8, 1851, bound for Missouri.   He travelled on the ship, age 11, with the family of Friedrich Sander, wife Magdalena, children August, Carl (Charles Schultz), and Christian.   Magdalena is believed to be Carl's mother, and Friedrich is believed to be his stepfather.

This information comes from Ken Gilbert.