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    James R. Randall Autograph Poem "Maryland! My Maryland" Signed "James R. Randall," one page, 8.5" x 11". Augusta, Georgia, no date. Randall has penned the second stanza of his nine stanza poem, "Maryland! My Maryland!" on stationery of The Augusta Chronicle: "Hark to an exiled son's appeal,/Maryland!/My mother State, to thee I kneel,/Maryland!/For life and death, for woe and weal,/Thy peerless chivalry reveal,/And gird they beauteous limbs with steel,/Maryland! My Maryland!" After hearing of the death in of a friend involved in a skirmish with Union troops marching through Baltimore on April 19, 1861, Baltimore-born James R. Randall, teaching in Louisiana, was so aroused that he wrote the poem, "Maryland! My Maryland!" at night by candlelight. It first appeared in the April 26, 1861, issue of the New Orleans Sunday Delta and was eventually set to the music of "Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum." The song became very popular throughout the Confederacy. In 1939, "Maryland! My Maryland!" was adopted as the Maryland state song. Small circular stain in blank area at right. Portion torn off in blank lower left corner, frayed at bottom. Penciled collector's notes at bottom. Boldly penned and signed. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
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