New evidence related to Richard Kirkland–a guest post from Mac Wyckoff


From Mac Wyckoff: [Note:  Several years ago, we hosted a couple of guest posts from Mac Wyckoff about Richard Kirkland.  You can find the first of those posts here, with links to the others therein.  Mac is a former historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, and is the author of several books related to the … Continue reading New evidence related to Richard Kirkland–a guest post from Mac Wyckoff

From Mac Wyckoff: Richard Kirkland, Part 2–other evidence


[For Part 1, click here.  Read Part 3 here.  Again, we thank him for giving us an advance look at his work on this very interesting topic. Wherever possible, we have added links to the original source material that’s in the park’s collection. The maps and overlays have been added by Hennessy.] In the years … Continue reading From Mac Wyckoff: Richard Kirkland, Part 2–other evidence

A guest post from Mac Wyckoff: What we really know about Richard Kirkland, the Angel of Marye’s Heights: Part 1–Origins


Read Part 2 of this series of posts  here. [Introductory note: For more than two decades Mac Wyckoff served as a front-line historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. During that time he also became the world’s leading authority on all things South Carolina as they relate to the Army of Northern Virginia. His … Continue reading A guest post from Mac Wyckoff: What we really know about Richard Kirkland, the Angel of Marye’s Heights: Part 1–Origins

Mary Washington to the rescue: the most dramatic land save in the park’s history (and a home for the Kirkland monument)


From John Hennessy: In July 1963, Fredericksburg native and former Detroit Tiger turned developer Russell Sullivan (you can see Sullivan’s Major League stats here) acquired a small parcel of land along the Sunken Road just below historic Brompton and started planning a new apartment complex. One 72-foot long, 4-unit apartment was to face south, along Mercer Street; another of eight … Continue reading Mary Washington to the rescue: the most dramatic land save in the park’s history (and a home for the Kirkland monument)

Kirkland– a hero or bandwagon? Evidence, memory, and public history


From Hennessy (for Mac Wyckoff’s prior two posts about Kirkland, click here and here): Before I plunge in, let me thank Mac Wyckoff for sharing his research. I also want to share with you his conclusion about the evidence he has presented on the Kirkland story. “Historians constantly face the issue of what is factual. … Continue reading Kirkland– a hero or bandwagon? Evidence, memory, and public history

Remembrance Walk, Part 3–The original stone wall and its defenders


From Hennessy:  Here is stop 3 on Saturday’s Remembrance Walk, at the original stone wall.  Greg Mertz delivered this text.  For parts 1 and 2 click here and here. Here we remember….the Sunken Road, the stone wall, and the men who defended it.  Before you is the only surviving section of the original stone wall … Continue reading Remembrance Walk, Part 3–The original stone wall and its defenders

Remembrance Walk, Part 2: Remembering those who defied war’s horrors to help


From Hennessy:  To see Part 1, click here. This constituted our second stop on Sunday’s Remembrance walk.  This passage was read by Beth Parnicza at the Kirkland Memorial * * * * * * * * We should be repelled by war and warfare.  They are an exercise in pain, aiming to inflict enough harm … Continue reading Remembrance Walk, Part 2: Remembering those who defied war’s horrors to help

Remembering, and the Choices a Nation Makes


From John Hennessy: Click here for the Free Lance-Star’s coverage of yesterday’s events marking the 153d anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg.  I expect someone will be publishing Scott Hartwig’s excellent keynote address soon, and when they do we will publish the link. In the meantime, here are my remarks.   * * * * * … Continue reading Remembering, and the Choices a Nation Makes

A Battle of Fredericksburg Poem Becomes a Song Performed by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and Many Others


from: Harrison What is the best-known image of the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg? It may be one based on an artwork or artifact highlighting the courage shown by Federal bridge-builders on the Rappahannock or by the Union troops who charged Marye’s Heights and the Stone Wall. Or perhaps it’s an image of the same attribute … Continue reading A Battle of Fredericksburg Poem Becomes a Song Performed by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and Many Others

Martha Stevens redeemed: pariah to heroine–a matter of faith or history?


From John Hennessy (for part 1 of this post, click here): The case of Martha Stephens presents many of the challenges that surround the story of Richard Kirkland, though perhaps in even starker form. Conventional wisdom holds that she, to use David Gregg McIntosh’s 1910 reminiscence of a visit to the battlefield (where he heard … Continue reading Martha Stevens redeemed: pariah to heroine–a matter of faith or history?