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Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Patrick Ronayne Cleburne

(March 16, 1828 - November 30, 1864)

 
 
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
1. Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Marker
Inscription. 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 sills 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 his troops, a wounded man, an old friend from Arkansas, called to him. Cleburne stopped and was immediately struck by a stray bullet, which passed through his jaw. Unable to talk, he passed his command
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
2. Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Marker
The image Cleburne at Franklin by David Wright was provided to the Battle of Richmond Association by the artist.
to Colonel Preston Smith, who put Cleburne's plan into action, routing Manson's troops.

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.
 
Erected by Civil War Discovery Trail.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center to the right of the main building (Rogers' House). Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Mahlon Manson (here, next to this marker); General Edmund Kirby Smith (here, next to this marker); General William "Bull" Nelson
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
3. Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Marker
Marker sets on the far left of this group of markers at the Richmond Battlefield Visitor Center
(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. mile away); Manson's First Line (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Richmond Visitors Center. (Submitted on July 28, 2015.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Richmond Battlefield Visitor Center- Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Bust image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
4. Richmond Battlefield Visitor Center- Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Bust
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Bust image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
5. Patrick Ronayne Cleburne Bust
Rogers' House image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
6. Rogers' House
Home of the Battle of Richmond Association's Visitor's Center.
Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
7. Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 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. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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