(1836 - 1914)
Home State: Louisiana
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Louisiana Infantry
In 1860 he was a 23 year old printer living with his wealthy father and younger brother "Leon" in Baton Rouge, LA. By then a lawyer, he enrolled as First Lieutenant of Company A, 8th Louisiana Infantry on 19 June 1861 at Camp Moore and was promoted to Captain on 19 (or 15) March 1862.
On the Campaign
He commanded his Company on the Maryland Campaign of 1862.
The rest of the War
He was acting Major of the regiment by August 1863 and until he was captured on the Rappahanock River, VA on 7 November 1863. He was a prisoner at Johnson's Island near Sandusky, OH until transferred to Fort Lafayette, NY on 6 September 1865, after twice refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States in June 1865. He was finally released on 11 November 1865 and told to leave the country.
After the War
He lived in Mexico for a "few years" then returned to Louisiana sometime before 1872. In 1880 he was an editor in Baton Rouge. In 1900 he was an attorney and in the real estate business in New Orleans, and by 1910 he had retired and was living with his daughter Blanche and her family in Monroe, LA.
References & notes
Service information from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. His presence in Maryland also seen in an obituary he wrote for Lt. William E. Cooke in the Richmond Daily Dispatch of 26 November 1862. Personal information from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his full name as Louis Antoine Leopold; from Wayne Cosby (citing the Baton Rouge Daily State Times of 10 March 1914 and Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church records); and from the US Census of 1860, 1880, 1900, and 1910, sometimes as Anthony or Antony L. Gusman. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph of unknown provenance shared to Ancestry.com by
He married Clotilda M Blanc (1847-1910) in September 1872 in Manhattan, NY, and they had 8 children.
His brother Pierre St. Leon Gusman was also in Company A, once Sergeant, but a Private at Sharpsburg. He was killed at Gettysburg in July 1863.
02/22/1836; Baton Rouge, LA
03/09/1914; Monroe, LA; burial in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Baton Rouge, LA