Poem written by John Ryder Randall in 1861. The poem was a result of events at the beginning of the American Civil War. During the secession crisis, President Abraham Lincoln (referred to in the poem as "the despot" and "the tyrant") ordered federal troops to be brought to Washington, D.C. to protect the capital. They came thru Baltimore where there were many southern sympathizers.
State of Maryland - Named for Queen Henrietta Maria, the wife of Charles I, who gave a royal charter to Cecil Calvert, second Lord Baltimore, in 1632. First settlement at St. Mary's City in 1634. It was one of the 13 original colonies.
In honor of Maryland’s 378th birthday on March 25, 2012, the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center in Baltimore launched the new Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage website. The site showcases a digital collection of items from Maryland libraries, museums, historical societies, and other institutions, and includes more than 5,000 items, such as maps, manuscripts, photos, artwork, books, and other media.