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The Louisiana pianist Louis Gottschalk plays for General Grant at a gala concert in Grover's Hotel.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk, detail
03/26/1864
Louis Gottschalk, the Louisiana-based concert pianist, had played before Abraham Lincoln and his wife at Willard's Hall in concert two days before. Also performing were soprano Charlotte Varian and others and the music featured Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, as well as his own, including his patriotic fantasia entitled "The Union." He performed again for General Ulysses S. Grant and his entire staff who attended a gala concert at Grover's Hotel in the city.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
S. Frederick Starr, Louis Moreau Gottschalk (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2000), 342.
Steven Cornelius, Music of the Civil War Era (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004), 172.

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