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Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)

Angel of Marye's Heights

Sgt. Richard Kirkland Monument (48K)

Image 1: Sgt. Richard Kirkland Monument. The monument is located on the other side of the sunken road from the Marye House.

Richard Kirkland, Sergeant with the 2nd South Carolina, was stationed on the other side of the stone wall during the Federal assaults. On December 14, he asked his superiors if he could bring water to the suffering Federals, wounded on the other side of the wall. He was given permission, but they would not let him use a white flag for fear that it would suggest that the Confederates were surrendering. He filled canteens and, with great risk to himself, went over the wall.

Union pickets aimed at him, thinking he was a scavenger, but they lowered their weapons when he went to the first man -- a wounded Union soldier -- and gave the man water. He went from wounded to wounded, Union and Confederate alike, and made the man more comfortable. He gave them water, straightened broken limbs, bound wounds. Gradually his mission dawned on everyone and he was left to do what he could for the wounded. He returned to the wall after more than an hour and a half of ministering to the suffering on both sides. "The Angel of Marye's Heights" as he came to be known, was killed two years later at Chickamauga.

Stephens Monument (51K)

Image 2: Stephens Monument. Monument to Martha Stephens, a local woman and friend of the Confederacy. The monument is located near the location of her house, south of the Kirkland monument.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens or a Sigma 150mm - 300mm f5.6 telephoto zoom lens. The image was captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.