Richard R. Kirkland was a young sergeant from South Carolina who took water to wounded soldiers from both armies. During the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia (December 11 - 15, 1862), he became known as the "Angel of Marye's Heights."
"It broke my heart when Virginia seceded. Mother and I prayed for our country. Secession and war would be the worst thing to happen to the South. It could not possibly survive. Its best hope was a for a short war. Tearing a country apart is never a good thing."
~ Elizabeth Van Lew, Virginian
From her May 23, 1861 diary
Elizabeth Van Lew pledged her life, fortune, and honor for the preservation of the Union by creating a spy ring so complex and widespread that it reached into the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
In what three states were the most battles of the Civil War fought? Ranked in order: Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri.