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Bringing Cleburne In – limited edition print
Franklin, Tennessee, December 1, 1864

Classic Canvas Signed & Numbered - $695.00


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Classic Edition 21" x 32"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 100

Historical Information

The Battle of Franklin was the finale of John Bell Hood's vain hope to crush the Northern hold on Nashville. The results were disastrous. Unsupported, uncoordinated attacks against a strongly entrenched Union line shattered the last confederate hopes in Tennessee.

It was an attack as spectacular, and hopeless, as Pickett's assault at Gettysburg. On the Indian-summer afternoon of November 30, 1864, Gen. John Bell Hood cent 20,000 Confederates forward in a head-on charge at the heavily entrenched federals. The outcome was never in doubt. Twelve generals and 54 regimental colonels were among the 6,300 men slain, wounded, or captured. Hood lost more men in one afternoon than McClellan had suffered in the Seven Days Campaign.

Among the six generals to fall that day was the "Stonewall of the West," Patrick Cleburne – the Irish immigrant lawyer from Arkansas who had risen to division command and whose bravery was legendary. Cleburne had tried earnestly to talk to Hood out of making the attack. When that failed, he moved to the front of the battle line and said: "If we are to die, let us die like men." When his horse fell dead, Cleburne began mounting another. He was last seen "moving forward on foot, waving his cap."

Cleburne was shot down as he led his men forward. His division, broken and battered, was now only a shadow of what it had once been- the finest in the confederate army in the west.

The following day, December 1, 1864, Cleburne's soldiers bore the body of their commander from the area on the Carter Plantation where he died.


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