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ANGEL AT FREDERICKSBURG


No longer able to withstand the wrenching moans of the suffering wounded and dying Union soldiers, 19 year old Confederate Sergeant Richard Kirkland of the 2nd South Carolina approached Brigadier General Joseph Kershaw, CSA, to seek permission to go to their aid. Initially hesitant, the General acquiesced, refusing however to allow the white flag that would ensure his safety.


Despite the danger, Kirkland sprang forward over the stone wall with canteens full and ventured out between the hostile lines. At first, Federals fired upon the young man but ceased as they soon discovered his merciful intent. Then cheers rang out from both sides as the man to become known as the "Angel of Marye's Heights" offered water to one adversary after another.


After helping those that he could, he crossed back to safety, and resumed his duties as a Confederate soldier defending his lines.

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