General Cleburne’s Birthday

Here  is an article I wrote about Confederate Major General Pat Cleburne for The New York Times in 2014.

He was an Irish immigrant in Helena, Arkansas born the day before St. Patrick’s Day in 1828.  In January 1864 he proposed admitting Black slaves as Confederate soldiers in exchange for their freedom. He felt it was necessary in order to win the war. When reading his formal proposal he also ventured his opinion about certain consequences if the Confederacy lost the war:

Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne

“[Confederate defeat] means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by all the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision.”

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