Fuhrmann was born June 19, 1829 in the area of Wirsitz, province
of Posen in Prussia. He immigrated to America with his wife in 1855 and
settled in Princeton, Green Lake County, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the
26th Wisconsin Infantry, Company "E" on the 27th day of January 1864 for
a period of three years. The enlistment officer was Sgt. Charles Hermann.
John Fuhrmann was mustered into the military service on the 5th day of February, 1864 by Lieut. J.H. Purcell at Madison, Wisconsin. He joined the 26th on March 22, 1864 at Whiteside, Tennessee, and was involved in the all battles, marches and sieges of the 26th from this time. The Fuhrmann family Bible reads: "He came through eight battles unharmed with God's protection, He returned home in the year 1865."
John Fuhrmann's pension records indicate he was injured on July 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, when an accident, befelled him. While building breastworks, he fell, and a log fell onto him, injuring him on his left side. John Fuhrmann participated in Sherman's "March to the Sea" through 1864-65. He transferred to Company "E" of the 3rd Regiment on June 10, 1865, and then mustered out on July 18, 1865 near Louisville, Kentucky.
When John Fuhrmann enlisted, he was one of a group of men from Princeton that enlisted at the same time period. He was 35 years old, 5 foot, 6 inches in height, blue eyes, dark hair, and a farmer by occupation.
After the war, he moved to the Westfield, Marquette County, Wisconsin area. After his first wife died in 1876, he married Ottilie Sonnenberg in 1877. This married couple had 10 children. They lived for a time northwest of Lawrence, Wisconsin, and finally retired in Westfield. John Fuhrmann died on April 4, 1919 in Westfield. He is buried near many family members at the Riverside Cemetery near Lawrence in Westfield Township, Marquette County.
Information by Steven Miske, great grandson