TheWildGeese.com Shop > Confederate Irish > Patrick Cleburne
Gen. Patrick Cleburne, who was born March 16, 1828, at Bride Park Cottage, County Cork, became one of the South's greatest commanders during America's Civil War. The Confederate major general was perhaps without a peer among fellow Irish exiles in military prowess, proving himself fearless, charismatic, outspoken and very farseeing. From his first battle at Shiloh in 1862 to his tragic death at the Battle of Franklin in 1864, he commanded his troops with skill and courage. So outstanding was his performance that Jefferson Davis called him "the Stonewall of the West,'' and Robert E. Lee described him as a "meteor shining from a clouded sky."