Richard Rowland Kirkland, known as "The Angel of Marye's Heights", (August 1843 – September 20, 1863) The monument was erected in 1965. Sculpture of Sergeant Kirkland giving water to a wounded Federal soldier. The monument is by sculptor Felix Weihs De Weldon. Fromhttps://stonesentinels.com/fredericksburg/tour-battlefield/stop-one/kirkland-monument/
On December 13, 1862, Union forces attacked the Confederate line along the stone wall at the base "Marye's Heights”. Heavy casualties were inflicted on the Unionattackers. On the morning of December 14, thousands of Union soldiers were still lying in front of the stone wall at Marye's Heights. Many of those were still alive, but suffering terribly from their wounds and a lack of water.
Soldiers from both sides were forced to listen to the painful cries of the wounded for hours, with neither side daring to venture out for fear of being shot by the enemy. Kirkland ventured back and forth several times, giving the wounded Union soldiers water, warm clothing, and blankets. Soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies watched as he performed his task, but no one fired a shot. Kirkland went on to fight in Battle of Chancellorsville and the Battle of Gettysburg where, after further distinguishing himself for courage and ability, he was promoted tolieutenant. On September 20, 1863, he and two other men took command of a charge near "Snodgrass Hill" during theBattle of Chickamauga. Realizing they had advanced too far forward of their own unit, they attempted to return and Kirkland was shot. His last words were, "I'm done for... save yourselves and please tell my Pa I died right." Copied in whole or part fromhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Rowland_Kirkland
Photo taken with Busch Pressman 4x5 camera on a 4x5 paper negative. Photo printed on 5x7 Foma Variant III silver gelatin photo paper.
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