Does anyone have dates for George G. Bruce? (18xx?-)
"George B. Bruce, whose real name was George B. Barrett, was born about 1815-16 in (or near) Baltimore, MD...the 21-year-old Barrett enlisted in Maryland’s 2nd Regiment of Dragoons on November 18, 1836. Within seven months, however, he had deserted. Two years later, this time as “George Bruce, silversmith,” he enlisted once more. He managed to serve for nearly 4 years before he was recognized as a deserter from the Dragoons and summarily discharged. Bruce made no mention of these unhappy events in his prefatory remarks in the Guide, nor did he cite a short but legitimate enlistment as a drummer in the 22nd NYSM. Instead, he claimed service as “late principal instructor at the army music schools on Bedloe’s and Governor’s Islands,” even though it is highly unlikely that a known deserter would be chosen to fill this (or any other military) post. Besides, that position had been held continuously since 1841 by somebody else, who would continue to hold it until his retirement in 1869."