Film tells story of SC soldier at Fredericksburg

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A museum is screening a film about a South Carolina soldier who risked his life to help fallen Union troops at Fredericksburg.

"The Angel of Marye's Heights" is being shown twice on Saturday at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum in Columbia.

It tells the story of Sgt. Richard Kirkland, who was behind the stone wall at Fredericksburg as Confederates shot down about 8,000 Union attackers in December 1862.

The day after the battle, Kirkland gathered canteens and ventured out amid the fire of sharpshooters to bring water and clothing to the wounded Federals still on the field.

The film's producer and historians will be on hand to discuss Kirkland.

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