Portrait of Sargent Richard Kirkland

Sergeant Richard Kirkland, 2nd South Carolina

19 year old Confederate Sgt. Richard Kirkland was deeply moved by the cries of the wounded Union soldiers lying in the field before him. That afternoon he decided to do something about it. Kirkland went on to fight in many engagements, including Gettysburg, where he was thought to have been given a brevet promotion to Lieutenant. Kirkland was killed at the battle of Chickamauga, Just nine months after the incident at Marye’s Heights. General Kershaw would later write: “He has bequeathed to the world an example which dignifies our common humanity.”