Angel of Marye's Heights

Angel of Marye's Heights (HM5GR)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.777', W 77° 28.089'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

While the Civil War entailed immense destruction and tragedy, it did not always engender hate. For two days following the battle, wounded Union soldiers, caught between the lines, cried out for water. Though exposure to enemy fire even for a moment meant almost certain death, Sergeant Richard R. Kirkland of the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers tried to help.

Filling several canteens with water, the young Confederate stepped over the stone wall to care for his wounded enemies. When Union soldiers understood Kirkland's purpose, they ceased firing at him and cheered. For nearly two hours he continued his ministrations. Kirkland has since been known as "The Angel of Marye's Heights." He died in battle at Chickamauga, Georgia, in September 1863.
HM NumberHM5GR
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284162 N 4241571
Decimal Degrees38.29628333, -77.46815000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.777', W 77° 28.089'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 46.62" N, 77° 28' 5.34" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 547 Willis St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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