"There are a growing number of people on the internet chat rooms and message boards who do not believe that Richard Kirkland did anything special at Fredericksburg that would earn him the nickname, 'The Angel of Marye’s Heights,' and a large statue on the Fredericksburg Battlefield."
Fellow history blogger, Michael Aubrecht provides a link and an introduction to a response for those who doubt the veracity of the Kirkland story. The response is authored by retired NPS historian, Mac Wyckoff.
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Image from Mort Kunstler's site. "Angel of Marye's Heights
Sgt. Richard Kirkland, Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 14, 1862."