April LCCWRT Meeting Notice. We welcome all guests with the hopes that they will join, so please consider bringing someone to the meeting this month.
Join us on April 8 as we explore the last year of service by Major General Patrick R. Cleburne, known as the “Stonewall of the West.”
Meeting time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: Patrick R. Cleburne—Stonewall of the West
Major General Patrick R. Cleburne became known as the “Stonewall of the West” following his action at Ringgold in northwest Georgia. The April presentation will primarily explore the last year of Cleburne’s life, which saw his greatest achievements on the battlefield, beginning with his defeat of William T. Sherman at Missionary Ridge and ending with his unfortunate death while leading a hopeless attack against impenetrable Union fortifications in the Battle of Franklin in central Tennessee. During that time, he would receive the thanks of the Confederate Congress, be blacklisted for proposing to arm slaves for Confederate military service, and successfully lead his command through some of the most trying battles of the war in the campaign to save Atlanta in 1864.
William Lee White is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with a bachelor’s degree in history. He has been employed as a full-time Park Ranger at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park since 2000. Mr. White has authored and edited numerous Civil War related essays, articles, and books, including his most recent titles, Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga and Great Things Are Expected of Us: The Civil War Letters of Colonel C. Irvine Walker.