Friday, December 16, 2011

Cleburne, Texas honors Confederate General Patrick R. Cleburne


This gleaming white Confederate monument stands in front of the Johnson County Courthouse in the center of downtown Cleburne, Texas.  The town was named in honor of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne, under whom many local men served during the War for Southern Independence.  General Cleburne is also memorialized on a large mural at nearby Wright Plaza, pictured below.

Historical Mural at Wright Plaza, Cleburne, Texas, feathers the town's namesake, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne.

An inscription on the mural displays a green Irish shamrock.  It reads:  

Born in Cork County, Ireland
Lived in Helena, Arkansas
CLEBURNE commanded regiment from Texas, Ark., at Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mtn. Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Franklin,

Gen. Cleburne was killed at the battle of Franklin, Tn. on November, 30, 1864, along with 5 Confederate generals including General Hiram Granbury.  Confederate veterans and townsmen voted in 1867 to name the town after Gen. Pat, "The Stonewall Jackson of the West."

Hardee Flags / Granbury's Texas Brigade, Cleburne's Division 


Another monument to General Cleburne, standing on the courthouse square, was placed by the state of Texas during the centennial of the War Between the States.  It reads:

CITY NAMED FOR CONFEDERATE
GENERAL
PATRICK R CLEBURNE
1828 - 1864

BORN NEAR CORK, IRELAND, CAME TO THE U.S. 1849.  DRUG CLERK IN OHIO, BECAME LAWYER IN ARKANSAS.  RECRUITED 1ST ARKANSAS REGT. FOR CONFEDERACY, ELECTED COLONEL, PROMOTED BRIGADIER GENERAL MAR. 1862. BECAME MAJOR GENERAL DEC. 1862.  RAPIDLY EARNED REPUTATION AS A SUPERB COMBAT OFFICER ON NUMEROUS FIELDS WITH ARMY OF TENNESSEE. EIGHT TEXAS REGIMENTS OF GRANBURY'S BRIGADE WERE UNDER CLEBURNE AND IN 1864 ATLANTA CAMPAIGN HE SAID THE PILES OF THE (UNION) DEAD WERE SILENT BUT SUFFICIENT EULOGY UPON GRANBURY AND HIS NOBLE TEXANS."  ON NOV. 30, 1864 CLEBURNE, A SAVAGE FIGHTER, MET DEATH SIX PACES FROM THE FEDERAL LINES IN BATTLE FRANKLIN, TENN.  BECAME KNOWN AS "STONEWALL JACKSON OF THE WEST."

ERECTED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS, 1964  
Photos by J. Stephen Conn

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