January 4, 2003

Dear PCS member;

I would like to cordially invite you, your family and friends to attend the Patrick Cleburne Banquet on Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 7 o’clock at Savannah Square in Thomaston, Ga (map enclosed).  This event is being co-sponsored by the Patrick Cleburne Society and GA Society Military Order of the Stars and Bars.  The speaker is Dr. Anne Bailey, author and historian on Cleburne.  Her topic will be Ringgold Gap and Cleburne’s defense.  The cost of the banquet is $15 per plate.  In addition to the banquet, there will a silent auction, which will include Southern artwork, local bed and breakfast excursions, etc.  Door prizes will also be given throughout the evening.  The raffle drawing for the Cleburne print will also take place.

All proceeds from this event will benefit our fund to erect a bronze statue commemorating General Patrick Cleburne.  As most of us know, the only memorial currently to General Cleburne is an obelisk at his grave.  There are no statues on battlefield sites where he fought.  Such an honor is long overdue.  

Please purchase your dinner tickets in advance through Mauriel or me.  We have to know a head count a week prior to have enough plates available.  If you are interested in either purchasing or selling raffle tickets, please contact Mauriel.  They are a $1.00 a chance.  

Please encourage everyone you know to support this event.  You may be unable to attend, but you may have an item to donate that could be used as a door prize or in the silent auction.  Any assistance to help raise the funds needed to erect the monument to General Cleburne is needed. 

 I hope to see you and your family at this event. 

 Deo Vindice!

Cassie A. Barrow

Secretary, Patrick Cleburne Society