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46074Re: Cleburnefest

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  • brainbent
    Feb 5, 2009
      For those of you interested, a while back I posted some pictures to
      this group of Cleburne's final resting place in Helena, AR.

      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, SDE80@... wrote:
      > In light of the recent Cleburne discussion, this might be of
      interest from
      > the Chattanooga TimesFreePress
      > Festival to honor Cleburne
      > By Beverly A. Carroll bcarroll@...
      > Online: Listen to Marcy Cirlot talk about plans for a park and
      festival to
      > honor Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne. Comment.
      > RINGGOLD, Ga. â€" It was a long time coming, but the city of
      Ringgold finally
      > got the deed to a small roadside tract along U.S. Highway 41 that
      will be
      > home for a memorial to a Civil War giant.
      > City Council members last week accepted the deed, giving the green
      light to
      > 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
      was allowed
      > to carry its own distinctive flag into battle, according to
      “Stonewall of
      > the West: Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War,” by Craig L.
      > “The state had to deed it to the city before the (Gen. Patrick
      R. Cleburne)
      > Association could put its markers up,” Mayor Joe Barger said.
      “We needed to
      > own it.”
      > The park was created in the 1930s through government programs to
      put people
      > to work during the Great Depression.
      > Stone walls surround an area with concrete picnic tables, added
      years later,
      > and plaques describing Gen. Cleburne’s deeds. He led a group of
      soldiers to
      > defend trains running through Ringgold and the artillery stationed
      > Ringgold Gap in 1863.
      > Marcy Cirlot, public relations manager for Ringgold Telephone Co.,
      said the
      > company became involved last year.
      > “The Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Association started the project,
      but they ran
      > into some financial problems and they contacted us for help,”
      Ms. Cirlot
      > said. “It is our 100th anniversary this year and we wanted to do
      > special.”
      > The plan is to unveil the statue during a two-day festival set for
      Oct. 2-3,
      > she said.
      > The festival will focus on history and offer several events
      including a
      > play, field trips and exhibits of people camping and demonstrating
      how people
      > 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
      > “Weather permitting, we expect to get started within the next
      few weeks,”
      > Mr. Wright said.
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