150th Anniversary—1988

John George Schumm Family History

that they reared their sons and daughters; it is here that they served and still serve their God according to their Lutheran faith; and it is here that the long rows of those who after the toil of their days have departed this life, lie in serried ranks in the quiet cemetery which adjoins the church in the village of Schumm.


The pioneer days of the family, as is usual in pioneer life, were a constant struggle against danger, want and sickness. It is here that the advantages which descendancy from a hardy peasant stock brings with it made themselves known. It was this hardihood which caused them to carry on, with the eyes toward the future, undaunted by failures of the present moment, ever ready to renew the battle against the forces of nature and the primitive conditions of a new country. It was this sturdiness which later on caused them to sally forth from their stronghold to other parts of the United States, and to help in the up-building of other commonwealths, and to offer themselves, when their country called upon its sons to take up arms in its cause. John Schumm and Daniel Schumm, the former a color sergeant, laid down their lives for the preservation of the Union.
















Salisbury, N. C., whose dark name is linked so closely with the horrors of the Civil War, claimed the gallant major. When General Grant was drawing his lines around Lee in those sanguine days which marked the beginning of the !ast days of the Confederacy, John Schumm was sent out with his men to recon­noiter. But in the desperate struggle with a detachment of Confederates most of his men were cut down, he himself was wounded and with the remnant of his men was captured. From the scene of the struggle, which took place near Petersburg, Virginia, the men were taken to Salisbury and imprisonment. It was the last that was ever heard of "Major" John Schumm. The flag of his regiment, which he upheld in many actions, is now in the State House at Columbus, Ohio.

During World War One Schumms again took up arms for their country and played their part in that stupendous tragedy upon the soil of Europe. Here another Schumm paid the supreme sacrifice while serving under the Stars and Stripes. Carl Schumm, son of Rev. Ferdinand Schumm, was killed in action in France. Herbert Schumm was of the same regiment as the often mentioned "Lost Battalion" in the Argonnes, where he witnessed all the horrors of those memorable days and helped write history with lead and steel.

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