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The U.S. Civil War and the role 5 Canadians played in it

The U.S. Civil War and the role 5 Canadians played in it

April 9, 2015
National

"...Born in Verchères, Lower Canada, in 1842, Calixa Lavallée was a celebrated musician who is best known as the composer of O Canada, our national anthem.

According to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Lavallée travelled to the U.S. in 1857 and won a music competition in New Orleans, which led to a musical tour of the Americas and the West Indies.

In 1861, he enlisted in the 4th Rhode Island Volunteers of the Union Army, eventually becoming a lieutenant.

In 1862, he fought in the famously bloody battle at Antietam, Md., where he is thought to have sustained a leg wound. Lavallée was honourably discharged in October 1862.

Lavallée came back to Lower Canada, but he eventually returned to the U.S., where he married an American woman and worked as a music teacher and performer in Boston, where he died in 1891..."

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Related Composers: Calixa Lavallée