The Angel of Marye’s Heights

His is one of the most famous legends from the American Civil War.  His actions spawned a monument in Fredericksburg, Virginia, that still stands today.  His name is Richard Rowland Kirkland, and he is known as the Angel of Marye’s Heights.

The story first appeared in the Charleston News and Courier in 1880.  Written by former Confederate General Joseph B. Kershaw, it goes something like this:

IMG_4244The Battle of Fredericksburg, in particular the Union charge up Marye’s Heights, was a disaster for Uncle Sam.  The Confederate line had entrenched at the top of a slope behind a stone wall.  Their position was optimal, as it allowed them free fire over Read More

Etches in Stone

The Fremont Culture – Lost Tribe of Utah

In Mid-May, I found myself back in beautiful Moab, Utah.  The state has a pull for me – the red rock canyons, the wide open fields, the deep blue skies and the snow-capped mountains.  Everywhere you look, it’s beautiful.

This time, while hiking through the Arches National Park, I got to learn about another gem of Utah.  This one is harder to see amidst the sprawling scenery, swarms of tourists, and tangles of hiking trails.  It is fading with age and blended into the canyons, but for those willing to stop for a closer look, it’s a glimpse hundreds of years back in time. Read More