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Which composer wrote the first American opera?

All the standard reference works will tell you that the first opera by an American composer was Leonora by William Henry Fry. It ran for 12 performances in Philadelphia in 1845. Fry considered that a respectable enough run that he had the piano-vocal score published. Other publishers issued various excerpts over the next seven years. [...]

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Elmer Ellsworth: first Union martyr of the Civil War

Shortly after Virginia seceded from the Union, Lt. Elmer Ellsworth led an army unit into Alexandria to take over the railroad station and telegraph office and occupy the city for the federal government. He stopped to take down a confederate flag that flew over the Marshall House Inn. When he came back from the roof [...]