Today is Louis Gottschalk's birthday.
He flaunted his New Orleans identity touring the North during the Civil War and was one of those exiled Southerners who supported the Union and abolition. He was the proverbial international sensation as a pianist and composer. Of white Dominican and Hatian parentage born in New Orleans, he was "creole" thrice over.
If you ever find a recording of his "The Banjo, Grotesque Fantasie" let me know where I can get it.