MONUMENT AND MARKERS DEDICATION, WARTRACE, TENNESSEE
Major/General Benjamin F. Cheatham SCV Camp 72, Kirby-Smith Chapter 327 UDC, Beech Grove Confederate Memorial Association, Sumner A Cunningham SCV Camp 1620 and Town of Wartrace, Tennessee invites everyone to the dedication of a monument to Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne’s Division, brilliant defenders of Liberty Gap, June 24-26 1863 and dedication of VA markers for his soldiers that died during battle and their stay at Wartrace, Bedford County, Tennessee. After some one hundred forty-eight years plus has passed without recognition of their heroic stand against overwhelming 4 to 1 odds at Liberty Gap, and the graves of his brave Arkansas soldiers that have lain in unmarked graves will change on December 10, 2011 at 10 A.M. when a monument unveiling ceremony and a memorial service and marker dedication for the Arkansas Soldiers buried in Willow Mount Cemetery, Confederate Section. There will be speakers, Confederate re-enactors, Infantry, Artillery, Bagpiper, Southern Ladies of Kirby-Smith 327 UDC in period dresses. After the dedications the ladies of Kirby-Smith invites everyone to partake of the fine refreshments and finger food served by them in their period clothing.
Gen. Cleburne’s Division Headquarters was at Beechwood near Wartrace with Corps Commander Gen. Wm. J. Hardee but his daily operations headquarters was from a room in Chockley Tavern just across Spring Street from the new monument being dedicated? Time and place will be 10 A.M. on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Town of Wartrace Memorial Park on Spring Street one block North of Walking Horse Hotel on the very grounds Gen. Cleburne’s Staff Officers Camped from Jan. 9, 1863 until the early morning of 27 June, 1863 when they retreated by orders of Gen. Bragg to Tullahoma.
Gen. Patrick R Cleburne, born 17th of March 1838, Cork County, Ireland and was killed at Battle of Franklin 30 Nov. 1864. As a Division Commander, his troops, mostly Arkansas defended Liberty Gap during the Tullahoma Campaign in late June 1863. Before and after Liberty Gap his Division fought many hard fought battles until his mortal wound leading his men at Franklin on foot after his horse was shot out from under him, with his face toward the enemy and his arm battling with sword in hand doing what he knew was right.
Quotes of others: Upon Cleburne’s death at Franklin,
Gen 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 Robert E. Lee “ He was a meteor shining from a clouded sky”
To reach Wartrace Memorial Park from I-24 take exit #97 go west on highway TN 64 to Wartrace, cross the RR tracks and make a right go one block and monument will be on your right. From highway 41A Tullahoma to Shelbyville Hwy near Shelbyville take highway TN 64 East to Wartrace and turn left just before reaching the RR main line tracks, monument about a block on your right.
O.B. Wilkinson, Life Member SCV Camp 72
Trustee: Beech Grove Confederate Memorial Association