Eckhard, Jacob, German-American organist and composer; b. Eschwege, Hesse, Nov. 24, 1757; d. Charleston, S.C., Nov. 10, 1833. He went to the U.S. in 1776 and settled in Richmond, Va. In 1786 he was organist of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston; in 1809 received the post of organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. He publ. a hymn book (Boston, 1816), and also wrote 2 patriotic naval songs, The Pillar of Glory and Rise, Columbia, Brave and Free.
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