Lot 694: Rare AMS, five pages, 7.75 x 10.5, December 14, 1894. A full autograph copy of Randall's Civil War Anthem, "My Maryland!" In part: "I hear the distant thunder-hum, / Maryland! / The Old Line bugle, fife, and drum, / Maryland! / She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb / Huzz! she spurns the Northern scum! / She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come! / Maryland! My Maryland!" At the conclusion, Randall writes, "Originally Composed in April 1861, at the Fausse Riviere, Parish of Pointe Coupee, La, and copied, Dec'r 14, 1894, in Baltimore, Md. for my friend Capt. H. P. Goddard." Each sheet is encapsulated in a Mylar sleeve. In very good condition, with repairs to separated folds and some repaired paper loss to top edge (not affecting any writing). The recipient, Henry Perkins Goddard, was a distinguished Civil War officer and journalist who was seriously wounded at Chancellorsville and later wrote extensively on Reconstruction. Autograph copies of this piece are generally found only as one or two stanzas and rarely encountered in this complete nine-stanza form.
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