Class Year


Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

Spring 5-17-2017

Department 1

Civil War Institute


As with other battles, the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 yielded shocking results. Homes were destroyed, thousands died, and military doctrine was challenged and changed. One particular story, however, has emerged from Fredericksburg to represent a different narrative, one of compassion. The actions of a 20-year-old Confederate sergeant named Richard Rowland Kirkland are enshrined in stone at the end of Fredericksburg’s infamous “Sunken Road.”


This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.