Randall, James R.

AQS, 2nd stanza of "Maryland, My Maryland!" by the "Poet Laureate of the Lost Cause"

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(1839-1908) American journalist and poet, called the "Poet Laureate of the Lost Cause", best remembered as the author of "Maryland, My Maryland!". "Maryland, My Maryland!" became a war hymn of the Confederacy after the words were set to the tune "Lauriger Horatius" (the tune of "O Tannenbaum") during the Civil War by Jennie Cary, from a prominent Maryland and Virginia family. It became the state song of Maryland in 1939. Randall wrote the poem after learning that a Randallstown, Maryland friend was killed by the 6th Massachusetts Regt. in the Baltimore Riot of April 19, 1861. It was first published on April 26, in the New Orleans newspaper, The Sunday Delta (he had taught English literature at Poydras College in Louisiana). Tuberculosis prevented him from enlisting in the Confederate Army, but he served with the Confederate Navy in Wilmington, No. Carolina. After the Civil War, Randall became a newspaper editor and a Washington correspondent for The Augusta Chronicle. He continued writing poems, but none achieved the popularity of "Maryland, My Maryland!". He died in Augusta, Georgia, and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery. Augusta honors him on the Monument to Poets of Georgia along with Fr. Abram Ryan, Sydney Lanier, and Paul Hamilton Hayne. The Randall Memorial Committee of Chapter A United Daughters of the Confederacy Augusta, Georgia, dedicated a statue to him there in 1936. A school in Clinton, Maryland, bears his name. AQS, 2nd stanza from "Maryland, My Maryland!" penned on a 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card: "Hark to an exiled son's appeal,/Maryland!/My mother's 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!"

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph Quotation Signed






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