April 29, 1861
On this day, April 29, 1861, the Maryland State Convention meeting in Annapolis votes 53 to 13 in favor of secession. Maryland the "Old Line State" is now kept in the Union by force, thus the opening lines of the poem, "Maryland" by James R. Randall.
"The despot's heel is on thy shore,
His torch is at thy temple door,
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!
Native Marylander Mess
Brian \"Smokey\" Woodyard
"Quinon Proficit Deficit"
(He who does not advance, goes backward)