TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)
1864: Death of Cork born Confederate General Patrick Cleburne at the Battle of Franklin, “pierced with forty-nine bullets, through and through.” Robert E. Lee referred to him as a “a meteor shining from a clouded sky.” Cleburne’s campaigns included the Battles of Shiloh, Richmond and Chickamauga. Cleburne County in Alabama is named after the Irishman.
The Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Memorial Cemetery in Georgia is the final resting place of Confederate soldiers who fell during the Battle of Jonesboro.
Cleburne at the Battle of Atlanta (from Co. Aytch by Sam Watkins)
“The plan of battle, as conceived and put into action by General Cleburne, was one of the boldest conceptions, and, at the same time, one of the most hazardous that ever occurred in our army during the war, but it only required nerve and pluck to carry it out, and General Cleburne was equal to the occasion. The Yankees had fortified on two ranges of hills, leaving a gap in their breastworks in the valley entirely unfortified and unprotected. They felt that they could enfilade the valley between the two lines so that no troop would or could attack at this weak point. This valley was covered with a dense undergrowth of trees and bushes. General Walker, of Georgia, was ordered to attack on the extreme right, which he did nobly and gallantly, giving his life for his country while leading his men, charging their breastworks. He was killed on the very top of their works. In the meantime General Cleburne’s division was marching by the right flank in solid column, the same as if they were marching along the road, right up this valley, and thus passing between the Yankee lines and cutting them in two, when the command by the left flank was given, which would throw them into line of battle. By this maneuver, Cleburne’s men were right upon their flank, and enfilading their lines, while they were expecting an attack in their front. It was the finest piece of generalship and the most successful of the war.”
1995: President Clinton is the first U.S. President to visit Northern Ireland to a rapturous reception from both protestant and catholic communities. Clinton spoke at the Mackie Plant in Belfast as he said “along the peace line, the wall of steel and stone separating Protestant from Catholic” where his ongoing contribution to the peace process and determination to make it eventually happen ensures he is one of the most popular US Presidents ever to the Irish population. Clinton’s full speech at Mackie Metal Plant spoke of “the shroud of terror” melting away with “Peace, once a distant dream … now making a difference in everyday life.”
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