The Patrick Cleburne Society is raising money for a bronze statue commemorating the venerated division commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Currently, the only memorial 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. 

The statue will be located at the site of his greatest independent action, Ringgold Gap, Georgia. Following the Confederate retreat from Missionary Ridge in November 1864, Cleburne’s Division was ordered to delay the Federal pursuit and make a stand at Ringgold. At state was the survival of the Army of Tennessee. Outnumbered four to one, Cleburne’s Division of 4,000 soundly defeated the principal elements of Joseph Hooker’s Union army corps. The gallant defense of the gap saved the army’s wagon and artillery trains, and earned Cleburne the official thanks of the Confederate Congress. 

The Patrick Cleburne Society with the aid of local organizations including the Sons of Confederate Veterans has secured the permission of the Department of Transportation to place the statue on the current site of the wayside park in Ringgold.

Ron Tunison Cleburne Statue

 ABOUT THE SCULPTOR 

Ron Tunison, one of America’s premier historical sculptors of military art, has been commissioned to sculpt the Cleburne statue. The sculpture depicts Cleburne, with field glasses in hand, leaning forward, gazing in the direction of Colonel David Ireland’s advancing New York regiment. As a testament to Mr. Tunison’s artistry, several organizations have commissioned his talents for battlefield art at Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, and Pamplin Historical Park in Virginia.

Statuettes have been commissioned in a limited edition of 25 to be sold as fundraisers. The 10” statues on a maple base cost $500 each. Total cost of the monument is approximately $75,000. Still needed is $60,000. The Society is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The goal for the dedication of the statue is 2004.

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