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A Selection of Books Relating to Maryland in the Civil War
Updated 23 August 2014


8023 . Bowie, Lucy Leigh. The Ancient Barracks at Fredericktown, Where Hessian Prisoners Were Quartered During the Revolutionary War: A Historical Record .
Click for larger imageFrederick: Maryland State School for the Deaf, 1939; First printing. Octavo, Wrappers , black & white photographs, illus. , 31 pages. Condition: Very good.
     Interesting examination of the murky origins of the barracks at Frederick, Maryland along with information on their construction and their use as a prison in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War with France, the War of 1812. They were used as hospital after the nearby battle of Antietam in the Civil War. Much anecdotal information on Hessian prisoners here held. Bound in brown card covers over a stapled binding. A few minor extremity rubs and faint creases to covers.  

Book #8023
$30.00    order or inquire Maryland American Revolution Revolutionary War german soldiers Mercenaries hessians Western Maryland Antietam Abraham Faw

11349 . Chew, John H. God's Judgments Teaching Righteousness. A Sermon Delivered on The National Fast Day, January 4, 1861, in St. Matthew's Parish, Prince George's County, MD. .
Click for larger imageWashington: E. A. Waters, 1861. Octavo, Wrappers , 13 pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     President James Buchanan declared January 4, 1861 a national day of fasting and prayer in an effort to calm both sides in the brewing secession crisis. This was the earnest sermon preached by Reverend Chew to his flock in Prince George's County, Maryland on that day. He here argues "that it was God who gave to our forefathers the wisdom to construct this government…[and] that though it may occasionally need repairs, those repairs should be made calmly, dispassionately, with circumspection and with caution; and that it is entirely too sacred a fabric to lightly and needlessly destroyed. Certain it is that if it is once destroyed, its place will never again be supplied." Bound in printed paper covers over a saddle-stitched binding. Covers have a few chips along spine and edges, top fore corner of rear cover is chipped away.  

Book #11349
$100.00    order or inquire Maryland Civil War Slavery Secession Confederacy prince george's county hyattsville st. matthew's parish James Buchanan

11429 . Morris, Rebecca R. (Foreword by Daniel C. Toomey). A Low, Dirty Place: The Parole Camps of Annapolis, MD 1862-1865 .
Click for larger imageLinthicum, MD: Ann Arrundell County Historical Society, 2012; First printing. Octavo, Paperback , black & white photographs, illus. , viii, 102 pages. Condition: New.
     The first book-length study of the parole camps around Annapolis during the Civil War. These camps held Union soldiers who had been captured by the Confederate Army but returned to Union custody under the ancient concept of military parole, awaiting formal exchange for equivalent Confederate POWs. Illustrated with photographs, facsimiles, drawings, etc. SIGNED by Morris on title page.  

Book #11429
$15.00    order or inquire US Civil War Maryland Annapolis Signed By Author Camp Parole George Sangster Prisoners Union Army

7511 . Randall, James Ryder. Maryland, My Maryland and Other Poems .
Click for larger imageBaltimore: John Murphy Company, (1908); First printing. Duodecimo, Full cloth , Frontispiece portrait , 180 pages. Condition: Fine.
     James Ryder Randall, a native Marylander, was a 22 year-old teacher living in New Orleans when the Civil War broke out in 1861. His sympathies were definitely with the South, and his inspiration for "Maryland, My Maryland" sprang from his outrage upon learning that Union troops had been marched through Baltimore en route to Washington. Oliver Wendell Holmes described the title poem as the greatest war song of any nation, and it was declared Maryland's official state song in 1939. Many other fine Civil War era poems in the collection as well, including "The Battle Cry of the South," "Our Confederate Dead," "At Fort Pillow," "At Arlington," etc. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine and upper board, blind-stamped border rules, top edge gilt. Slight extremity rubs. Gilt remains bright.  

Book #7511
$250.00    order or inquire Maryland US Civil War Confederacy state songs Poetry Poems battle cry Oliver Wendell Holmes Baltimore

10491 . Toews, Rockford E. (Introduction by Edward C. Papenfuse). Lincoln in Annapolis, February 1865 (Signed) .
Click for larger image[Annapolis]: Maryland State Archives, 2009; First printing. Quarto, Wrappers , black & white and color illustrations, maps , 46 pages. Condition: New book.
     Account of Abraham Lincoln's passage through Annapolis on his way to and from the Hampton Roads Conference where he and Secretary of State Seward met with Confederate peace commissioners to discuss a negotiated end to the Civil War. Lincoln arrived in Maryland's capital by train to catch a boat south because the ports at Washington, Alexandria, and Georgetown were blocked by ice. Upon reaching the train station, and accompanied by only a valet, a single presidential guard, and the army post quartermaster who met the train, Lincoln walked about a mile through town to reach the steamboat wharf on the grounds of the Naval Academy. Almost no one saw him. Two days later he returned, this time boarding a train directly from the wharf for the return to Washington. This is the story of Lincoln's travels through Annapolis those two days in early February, the extensive research for which turned up other interesting and previously forgotten aspects of local history. For example, as Lincoln quietly walked by the Maryland State House, unbeknownst to the legislators inside, the Maryland Senate was considering the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery in the U.S. Seward had hand-delivered to the Maryland Governor the day before. Also, this project rediscovered both the proper location of the train depot in 1865 as well as the route of the military railroad tracks hastily laid through town by General Benjamin Butler in April of 1861, over which passed the first troops to reach and reinforce Washington in those tense early days of the war. Well illustrated with historic photographs, documents, prints, and maps. Substantial footnotes. Pictorial paper covers over a saddle-stapled binding.  

Book #10491
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7122 . Winchester, Paul. Men of Maryland Since the Civil War: Sketches of United States Senator Arthur Pue Gorman and His Contemporaries and Successors and Their Connection with Public Affairs (Signed) .
Click for larger imageBaltimore: Maryland County Press Syndicate, 1923; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , 244, x pages. Condition: Near fine.
     Curmudgeonly newspaperman reminisces about colorful and often corrupt Maryland politics and politicians in the 60 years following the Civil War. His sketches are based almost entirely upon his personal acquaintances with his subjects, some of whom, such as Senator Arthur Pue Gorman, attained national importance in this period. Despite his friendships with these men the author is not afraid to point out their shortcomings, like when he says of Gorman: "…while he possessed the skill and ability to have made a great mark as a real statesman in the Upper House at Washington, was so utterly lacking in principle, that all his really statesmanlike qualities were…swallowed up in the scheming politician…" Filled with wonderful anecdotes. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on front free endpaper. The book indicates that it is volume I of a planned three volume work, but the subsequent volumes were never published. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine and boards. Some flaking to gilt lettering on upper board.  

Book #7122
$50.00    order or inquire Maryland Political Leaders politics and Government Arthur Pue Gorman Stephen A. Douglas Corruption Charles J. Bonaparte Baltimore Sun Bribery

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