Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
(March 16, 1828 - November 30, 1864)
The most well-known participant in the Battle of Richmond was General Patrick Cleburne, a charismatic young officer who rose rapidly through the Confederate ranks. In the fall of 1861, less than six months after entering Confederate service, Cleburne, a native of Cork County, Ireland, attained the rank of brigadier general. His knowledge, ability, and skills learned during three years of service in the British army enabled him to turn his brigade into one of the Confederate army's finest units.
In the summer of 1862 Cleburne, who had served in Kentucky during the Confederate occupation that ended the previous February, returned to the commonwealth as a division commander in General Edmund Kirby Smith's Confederate Army of Kentucky. He was in command of the lead division as Kirby Smith's army approached Richmond; it was his first independent command. On the evening of August 29 his troops skirmished with Federal cavalry and the next morning they met Union General Mahlon Manson's brigade near Kingston. Both sides deployed their troops, in anticipation of the engagement to come.
As Cleburne rode up and down his line inspecting
Cleburne recuperated for three weeks but was again with his division at the Battle of Perryville, where he was twice wounded. Promoted to major general in December 1862, Cleburne repeatedly distinguished himself in battle. His brilliantly led charge at Chickamauga earned him the sobriquet "The Stonewall of the West."
Patrick Cleburne was killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864, as he led a desperate assault into the Federal works. He was 36.
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Location. 37° 41.067′ N, 84° 15.475′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) and Berea Road (U.S. 25), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located on the grounds of the Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center to the right of the main building (Rogers' House). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Mahlon Manson (here, next General Edmund Kirby Smith (here, next to this marker); General William "Bull" Nelson (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Richmond Masonic Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight at Rogersville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederates Crush The Union Left (approx. ¾ mile away); Manson's First Line (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center. (Submitted on July 28, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 869 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on October 2, 2019, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 6, 7. submitted on June 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.