Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Angel of Marye's Heights

On our Spring Break trip to Mount Vernon, we stopped off in Fredericksburg at the site of the Civil War battle that took place there in December 1862. A short walk down the "sunken road" is this monument to Richard Rowland Kirkland of South Carolina, who left the Confederate wall to give water to wounded enemy soldiers caught between the lines. For this he gained the title, "The Angel of Marye's Heights." Kirkland himself would later fall in battle.
I was struck by the memorial to this young man and the reminder that even in war there can be acts of civility, mercy, and kindness. One might also draw a dim analogy to the one who gave up himself to rescue his enemies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a great story, Jeff.

My son and I attended a Civil War re-inactment this past weekend. We watched a surgeon perform surgery on wounded soldiers. Graham asked me if surgeons ever helped the soldiers from the "other side." I told him I wasn't for sure, but I thought there were instances where that would be the case. This story is a good example of mercy in the midst of a terrible conflict.