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Visiting the Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery in Joneboro, Georgia

Discussion in 'Post Civil War History, The Reconstruction Period' started by Pat Young, Oct 9, 2018.

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    On Saturday, I visited the Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery in Jonesboro, Georgia. The cemetery mainly contains the remains of Confederate soldiers killed in the August 31-Sept. 2, 1864 fighting around Joneboro during the Siege of Atlanta. However, the area had a number of buildings used as hospitals for Confederate wounded both before and after the battle, so not all of men who lie here were casualties of the Battle of Jonesborough. The cemetery is a Reconstruction Era creation, opening in 1872. The gate is from 1934 and was put up by the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association.
     
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    Apparently, by the 1930s the cemetery was in bad shape. The tin markers that marked the graves were gone, apparently stolen over the years, and there was little to record that a cemetery existed there. The Ladies Memorial Association made efforts to preserve this largely forgotten cemetery. They put fencing around it and added a gate and a large monument.
     
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    Here is the leadership group for the cemetery's preservation. Notice that each women is known by her husband's name.
     
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    The preservers added this to the site at a later date I could not determine.
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    The site is arranged in an X. Locals say that represents the Confederate Battle Flag. Most of the stones are tiny and very worn. They don't contain names.

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    This is a very small cemetery right next to a heavily traveled road. It is on a flat piece of land and has minimal landscaping. Apart from a couple of large magnolias, it has little vegetation other than grass.

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    There is a large monument to the dead of the Battle of Jonesborough:

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    There are a small number of graves marked with the names of the dead. I had read that there were only three headstones marking the graves of named persons, but I saw quite a few more than three. Most date the death to the day of the battle.

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    Always disturbing to me to see so many young people who share the same final day of life.

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    Thanks for posting. Great photos. Why were you in Georgia? I may have missed why you were taking trip.
     
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    Thanks. Six of my family are Georgians, and one was celebrating her 65th birthday. In 28 hours I managed to go to her party, do a family brunch, visit six sites connected to James Longstreet, visit the Confederate cemetery, and retrace the Battle of Jonesborough. All in 93 degree heat!
     
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    Thanks to @luinrina for her virtual help with this trip.
     
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    Nothing better illustrates the tragedy. It makes one think of Hamlet with real swords and real poisons.
     
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    I said a prayer for the dead by this grave. Most of these men were a little more than a third of my age. I prayed for the repose of their souls and the memory of their suffering and that of their families.
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    From the center of the cemetery. You can see the fencing put in in 1934 along the edge of the cemetery.

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