Frederick Nicholls Crouch

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Frederick Nicholls Crouch

Birthplace: Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Place of Burial: Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Lydia Crouch
Father of Cora Pearl

Occupation: musician, composer
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Frederick Nicholls Crouch

I have been unable to find any data about his spouses or children other than Emma Elizabeth Crouch (1835–1886), the second daughter of his first marriage

Birth: Jul. 31, 1808, England Death: Aug. 18, 1896 Baltimore Baltimore City Maryland, USA

Acclaimed composer of over 2000 ballads and two operas. Born in England in 1808, he emigrated to America in 1849 where he found employment at Richmond, Virginia's St. Paul's Episcopal Church. At the start of the Civil War, he joined the Confederacy and he was in the Confederate Army throughout the entire war, serving with distinction. It was during this time of war that Crouch composed his most famous and haunting song, "Kathleen Mavourneen" which quickly became a favorite of the Confederates and was sung around the soldiers' campfires almost nightly. The song was featured in the 1994 film "Gettysburg" and it was sung in the Confederate camp the night before Pickett's Charge. It is still heard frequently to this day. Following the war, Crouch went on composing and he also taught music and singing. There has been controversy about the authorship of the song "Oh how I hate to get up in the morning", some saying that Irving Berlin composed it and others equally adamant that Crouch had the honors. Recent research has shown, however, that Crouch was the actual composer, writing the song to cheer up his fellow Confederate soldiers. Frederick Nicholls Crouch was buried with honors on Confederate Hill in Baltimore's Loudon Park Cemetery. (bio by: Kathleen)

Burial: Loudon Park Cemetery Baltimore Baltimore City Maryland, USA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Frederick Nicholls Crouch (July 30, 1808 – August 18, 1896) was an English composer and cellist.

Crouch was born in Marylebone in London. He emigrated to the United States in 1849 and settled in Richmond, Virginia. During the Civil War, Crouch took up arms and played the trumpet for the Confederacy.

Crouch was noted as a fine cellist, having played in the King's Theatre as well as St Paul's Cathedral in London, before coming to the United States, but the majority of his compositions were not successful. His most famous song is "Kathleen Mavourneen".

During his years in the United States, Crouch composed two operas and unsuccessfully tried various musical undertakings (i.e., conducting, singing and teaching). Well traveled after the Civil War, Crouch eventually settled in Baltimore, Maryland.

Emma Elizabeth Crouch (1835–1886), the second daughter of his first marriage, became known in Second Empire France as the courtesan Cora Pearl.

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Frederick Nicholls Crouch's Timeline

July 30, 1808
London, Middlesex, England
Age 26
City of London, Greater London, UK
August 18, 1896
Age 88
Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA