Gus Williams was a popular American comedian and songwriter. Gustave Wilhelm Leweck, Jr. was born on the ninth of July, 1848, the son of a New York City German-American fur importer. While in his early teens Williams left home to seek adventure in the American West. He made it as far as Indiana where circumstances deemed it necessary for the boy to find work as a farmhand. On August 12, 1862 fourteen year-old Williams left farm work behind and joined Company F. of the 48th Indiana Infantry to serve in the American Civil War.