Skip to comments.A Southern Saint Patrick's Day Remembrance
Posted on 03/15/2014 4:10:29 PM PDT by BigReb555
There has been much written about the 150,000 Irishmen who fought for the Union during the War Between the States 1861-1865 but did you there were 30,000 equally brave Irishmen who fought for the Confederacy?
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He was nicknamed Stonewall Jackson of the West during Americas War Between the States.
Monday March 17, 2013 is Saint Patricks Day and its also the 186th birthday of one of Irelands sons Patrick Ronayne Cleburne.
A statue of Cleburne was unveiled in the year of our Lord 2009 at Confederate Park in Ringgold, Georgia and a life-size bronze statue of General Patrick R. Cleburne was unveiled in 2012 at the Helena Museum of Phillips County, Arkansas. The Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate cemetery in Jonesboro, Georgia is also named for him.
There has been much written about the 150,000 Irishmen who fought for the Union during the War Between the States 1861-1865 but did you there were 30,000 equally brave Irishmen who fought for the Confederacy? It is written that by population a comparable number of Irishmen fought for the Confederacy as did those who supported the Union.
The 8th Alabama Irish Brigade made their mark in history fighting for the Confederacy and is remembered for their Erin Go Braugh! flag with a field of green with Faugh A Ballagh on bottom that is Irish for clear the way.
Among the Union Armies fighting Irish was the 69th New York but .
Did you know the Confederacys units included the 10th Louisiana and the 10th Tennessee Infantry which were formed at Fort Henry in 1861 and defended Fort Donelson before becoming part of the Army of Tennessee?
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne was born on March 17, 1828, in Ovens, County Cork, Ireland. He was an Anglo-Irish soldier who served in the 41st Regiment of Foot of the British Army. He is however best known for his service to the Confederates States of America.
He was only eighteen months old when his Mother died and only fifteen when his Father passed away. He tried to follow in his Fathers footsteps, Dr. Joseph Cleburne, in the field of medicine but failed his entrance exam to Trinity College of Medicine in 1848. He immigrated to America three years later with two brothers and a sister and made his home in Helena, Arkansas.
In 1860 Cleburne became a naturalized citizen, lawyer and was popular with the residents.
He sided with the Confederacy at the outbreak of the War Between the States and progressed from the rank of private of the local militia to major general.
Cleburne, like many Southerners, did not support the institution of slavery but chose to serve his adopted country out of love for the Southern people and their quest for independence. In 1864, he advocated the emancipation of Black men to serve in the Confederate Armed Forces.
Cleburne participated in the Battles of Shiloh, Richmond, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap and Franklin. He was killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864 while charging the enemy lines with his sword held high.
Yankee troops were quoted as dreading to see the blue flag of Cleburnes Division on the battlefield. General Robert E. Lee referred to him as a meteor shining in the clouded sky.
William J. Hardee, Cleburne's former corps commander, had this to say when he learned of his loss: "Where this division defended, no odds broke its line; where it attacked, no numbers resisted its onslaught, save only once; and there is the grave of Cleburne.
Gen. Cleburne was engaged to Susan Tarleton of Mobile, Alabama. Cleburne is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena, Arkansas.
A good book A Meteor Shining Brightly Essays on Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne --edited by Mauriel Phillips Joslyn, is a good source of information about Cleburne.
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I had two Great Grandfathers who served under Cleburne.
George Padgett of the 6th Florida was part of Hardee’s Brigade and Martin Abel McDuffie was in the 18th Alabama along with 3 Brothers. They both fought at Shiloh then most of the other major battles afterward.
They were both descendants of Highland Scots from the Western Islands tho, not Irish.
Cleburne is a city and county seat of Johnson County, Texas, United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population is 29,377. The city is named in honor of Patrick Cleburne, a Confederate General.[
Another noteworthy Irish Confederate was Father Abram Ryan, the poet of the Confederacy, born to Irish immigrant parents.
Georgia was and is chock full of Irish.
Great article. Thanks.
Erin go Dixie.
Captain Timothy McGinnis of the Provincial Army came to the US about 1720 from Ulster, Ireland, with his parents and younger siblings..
He was killed fighting the Indians and the French at the Battle of Bloody Pond, Lake George, NY, Sept 9, 1755..
He was my 6th great grandfather..
The Stonewall Brigade included the Emerald Guard of the 33rd Virginia. My ancestors from Rockingham County, Va fought with the 33rd.
the cream ALWAYS rises to the top (north)
Since there was twice as many dead Yankees at the end of the war as Southerners, I would say the people who fought for the South was by quite a margin the better ones.
I just read my post and realize I should have used were instead of was.
I recall there is a scene in the movie Gods and Generals portraying a battle where Irish fought Irish, with some of the Confederate Irish pleading with the Union Irish not to fight for the Union. Could have been Fredricksburg they were portraying. Been awhile since I watched it but I thought it was a pretty good movie. I'll have to dig it up and watch it again.
Ugh..... Should have clicked your link before posting!
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