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Patrick R. Cleburne

"The Stonewall of the West"

Born in Ireland and a veteran of the British Royal Army, Patrick Ronayne Cleburne immigrated to the United States in 1849, eventually settling in Helena, Arkansas.  When impending war threatened his adopted home in 1861, he wasted no time in rushing to its defense, and by 1862 the Irishman had risen from private to brigadier general. 

From the battles of Shiloh to Franklin, Cleburne distinguished himself as both a brigade and division commander, and was wounded at both the battles of Richmond and Perryville.  His division became one of the crack units in the Army of Tennessee, and its leader eventually came to be known as “the Stonewall of the West.”

Saving Cleburne's Battlefields

  • The Civil War Trust has been an active force over the years in working to save the battlefields of Patrick Cleburne.
  • To date the Trust has saved 2,026 acres of hallowed ground where
    "the Stonewall of the West" earned his name, much of it at sites included in our annual report, History Under Siege—including
    two of 2010's Most Endangered battlefields.
  • In our continued efforts to save this hallowed ground, Civil War Trust is actively working to save land at sites rich with Cleburne history: Perryville
    and Franklin
  • Join the fight »

Like his Eastern theater counterpart, Cleburne would ultimately fall in the fight for Southern independence.  Upon hearing of Cleburne's death at Franklin Gen. William J. Hardee offered this tribute to his erstwhile subordinate:  "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."

Pat Cleburne's Battles

April 6-7, 1862
375 Acres Saved
August 29-30, 1862
363 Acres Saved
October 8, 1862
385 Acres Saved

Preservation Opportunity: Save 327 Acres at Perryville »

Dec. 31, 1862 - Jan. 2, 1863
24 Acres Saved
September 18-20, 1863
November 23-25, 1863
36 Acres Saved
November 27, 1863  
May 13-15, 1864
565 Acres Saved
May 27, 1864
June 27, 1864  
November 29, 1864
110 Acres Saved
November 30, 1864
168 Acres Saved

Preservation Opportunity: Save Land at Franklin »

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