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The ‘Angel of Marye’s Heights’ remembered

Posted: January 10, 2012 1:39 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A ceremony commemorating the heroic deed of the young confederate soldier Richard Kirkland was held Dec. 11, sponsored by the John D. Kennedy Chapter No. 308 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Joseph B. Kershaw Camp No. 82 Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

On Dec. 14, 1862 at the Battle of Fredericksburg this young Confederate soldier could not bear to hear the moans and groans of the dying Union soldiers begging for water. With permission from General Kershaw, he carried canteens of water over the stone wall to relieve the dying men. When the Federals realized the act of mercy they withheld their fire. In the midst of strife one man had acknowledged the bonds of humanity. Sadly this brave soldier paid the ultimate price with his life at the Battle of Chickamauga.

The ceremony was held at the Kirkland Fountain in Hampton Park. The guest speaker was Mr. Leland Summers, Witherspoon/Barnes Camp SCV, Lancaster, S.C. Following the ceremony a wreath was placed at the grave of Kirkland in Quaker Cemetery by Ms. Gayle Breon, President of the John D. Kennedy Chapter. Confederate re-enactors poured water from a canteen and then placed it on the headstone.

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