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Richard Kirklands historic, heroic deed reaches 151 years
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At left, from left, Gayle Breon and Larry Graham place a wreath at Kirklands grave. The canteens on the grave were placed on the grave by an unknown individual who has been placing them there throughout the past 10 years as a tribute to Kirklands giving water to dying Federals. It is a real mystery.
The famed "Angel of Marye’s Heights," Richard Rowland Kirkland of Camden and Kershaw County and his historic deed during the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862 was 151 years ago this December and is still remembered and honored in both Camden and Fredericksburg, Va. Sergeant Kirkland was known as the "Angel of Marye’s Heights" for his humane and compassionate acts of kindness toward wounded and dying Union soldiers during the Battle of Fredericksburg on Dec. 14, 1862. In the Sunken Road, Kirkland gathered canteens and vaulted the wall.