- Feb 5, 2009For those of you interested, a while back I posted some pictures to
this group of Cleburne's final resting place in Helena, AR.
--- In email@example.com, SDE80@... wrote:
> In light of the recent Cleburne discussion, this might be of
> the Chattanooga TimesFreePress
> Festival to honor Cleburne
> By Beverly A. Carroll bcarroll@...
> Online: Listen to Marcy Cirlot talk about plans for a park and
> honor Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne. Comment.
> RINGGOLD, Ga. â" It was a long time coming, but the city of
> got the deed to a small roadside tract along U.S. Highway 41 that
> home for a memorial to a Civil War giant.
> City Council members last week accepted the deed, giving the green
> plans for erecting a granite statue in honor of Civil War Gen.
> Ronayne Cleburne.
> He was an acclaimed leader deemed so inspirational that his unit
> to carry its own distinctive flag into battle, according to
> the West: Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War,â by Craig L.
> âThe state had to deed it to the city before the (Gen. Patrick
> Association could put its markers up,â Mayor Joe Barger said.
âWe needed to
> own it.â
> The park was created in the 1930s through government programs to
> to work during the Great Depression.
> Stone walls surround an area with concrete picnic tables, added
> and plaques describing Gen. Cleburneâs deeds. He led a group of
> defend trains running through Ringgold and the artillery stationed
> Ringgold Gap in 1863.
> Marcy Cirlot, public relations manager for Ringgold Telephone Co.,
> company became involved last year.
> âThe Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Association started the project,
but they ran
> into some financial problems and they contacted us for help,â
> said. âIt is our 100th anniversary this year and we wanted to do
> The plan is to unveil the statue during a two-day festival set for
> she said.
> The festival will focus on history and offer several events
> play, field trips and exhibits of people camping and demonstrating
> lived then, Ms. Cirlot said.
> The city has obtained grants of $5,000 and $10,000 to prepare and
> the site, City Manager Dan Wright said.
> The grants, from a local Civil War foundation and from the state
> of Community Affairs, also will help pay for a granite foundation.
> Cleburne Association contracted with a New York artist for the
> âWeather permitting, we expect to get started within the next
> Mr. Wright said.
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