James Ryder Randall, a native of Baltimore who cast his lot with the South and is perhaps best known for the lyrics to "Maryland, My Maryland!", was on duty with the Confederate Army in Selma, Alabama when Pelham's body arrived at the railroad station on its way home for burial. After looking on Pelham's boyish face through the glass plate in his coffin, Randall was moved to write this touching tribute to the fallen hero.
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