The Patrick R. Cleburne Camp #1433 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas announces its 150th anniversary commemorative cookout for Camp White Sulphur Springs just a few miles west of Pine Bluff on Saturday, June 16, 2012. To beat the heat, we will start the fellowship at 9AM. The fellowship will be potluck and will last until 2PM.
This time one hundred and fifty years ago, Camp White Sulphur Springs was one of the most significant areas associated with the reorganization of the the Confederate Army west of the Mississippi River. As Thomas C. Hindman takes the reigns of the the military machine of the state, Camp White Sulphur Springs saw over ten thousand troops in and out of the vicinity throughout the War.
To get to Camp White Sulphur Spings Confederate Cemetery, take the Rison/Camden Exit from off I-530 in Pine Bluff. Go West until you get to a traffic light. Turn left onto Sulphur Springs Road and travel West for several miles. When you see a brown HISTORICAL MARKER sign, turn left onto Luckwood Road.
This is a family gathering, so bring family and friends. Everyone is invited!
The 2012 Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Service has been archived in our online digital resources: CLICK HERE to download the file. The service will be available for streaming content soon!
The 27th Annual General Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Service will take place in Helena’s Confederate Cemetery on Saturday, March 17, according to Ron Kelley- Southern Brigade Commander of the Arkansas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).
The Cleburne keynote speaker will be Jack Myers from the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas.
Commander of the ATM W. Danny Honnoll will MC the event. Bobbie Barnett of Ravenden will be reenacting the part of the grieving fiancée of Cleburne (Susan Tarrelton of Mobile, AL) at the service and place flowers on the grave of General Patrick R. Cleburne. The Cleburne memorial will last about 40 minutes.
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy, living historians and re-enactors from five states will take part in the Cleburne memorial. These historical organizations sole purpose is to preserve the heritage and honor of their Confederate ancestors by conducting memorial services to the men that wore the Gray.
All re-enactors are asked to be at the cemetery by 11:30 am for briefings on the memorial. The Cleburne Memorial we begin at noon.
The Cleburne Memorial is sponsored this year by the Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Camp #1433 of Pine Bluff, and the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655 of Jonesboro.
Patrick Royayne Cleburne was the Confederacy’s highest-ranking foreign-born general, and one of the best of any nationality.
Helena has the distinction of having seven Confederate Generals that lived in Helena before and during the “War Between the States”. Cleburne, Tappan, Hindman, Daniel C. Govan, Dobbins, Lucius C. Polk, and Charles W. Adams. Confederate General Adams was the grandfather of Helen Keller the famous blind and deaf author from Alabama. Helen’s mother was born at LaGrange, Arkansas.
Confederate Generals Thomas C. Hindman, James C. Tappan and Cleburne are the only Confederate Generals buried in Helena. The Cleburne Camp of Pine Bluff place a memorial marker for Archibald Dobbins of Helena in 2003. General Dobbins final resting place is unknown and the marker was placed in honor of Dobbins.
The service will be concluded with a three volley salute to Cleburne. Following the Cleburne Memorial, there will be a memorial to Thomas C. Hindman in the same cemetery. Hindman and Cleburne were great friends before the War Between the States. Arkansas Civil War Historian Don Roth will give a graveside speech about General/Senator Hindman. This service will likewise be concluded by a 3-vollie salute.
Maple Hill Cemetery is located on the north edge of Helena, at the point where Crowley’s Ridge touches the Mississippi River. From Little Rock, take either I-40 or Highway 70 east to Brinkley. At Brinkley, take Highway 49 east to Helena. At the traffic signal where Highway 49 splits south in West Helena, follow U.S. Business 49 (e.g., go straight ahead) into downtown Helena. In downtown Helena, turn left from 49B onto COLUMBIA Street. Go 3 blocks and turn right onto McDONOUGH Street. Go 2 blocks and turn left onto HOLLY Street (the Helena Housing Authority sits on this corner). Go 3/4 mile north on Holly Street, and turn left into the front gate of Maple Hill Cemetery. Turn right onto the first avenue in the cemetery and follow this road and the signs to the Confederate cemetery, about 0.4 mile. Park at the foot of the hill, and walk up to the crest where the memorial service will be held.
For more information about the memorial contact Ron Kelley at 870-592-0079.
The annual Patrick R. Cleburne memorial service will be held at the graveside of General Cleburne in the Confederate cemetery in Helena, Arkansas on Saturday on Saint Patrick [Cleburne] Day March 17, 2012. This year’s speaker will be Jack Myers from the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas.
The service will be concluded with a three vollie salute to Cleburne. Following the Cleburne Memorial, there will be a memorial to Thomas C. Hindman in the same cemetery. Hindman and Cleburne were great friends before the War Between the States. Arkansas Civil War Historian Don Roth will give a graveside speech about General/Senator Hindman. This service will likewise be concluded by a 3-vollie salute.
Hindman was added to the Cleburne Memorial last year with Mark Kalkbrenner giving a remembrence of Hindman.
Anyone wanting to convoy to Helena, we will leave the North parking lot of the Jefferson County Courthouse at 8AM Saturday. Spectators are encouraged! Also, any reenactor/living historian that wishes to participate are encouraged as well. Question? E-mail email@example.com
Sandra Jackson has been following Arkansas WBTS Reenactors and Living Historians around the state and getting some excellent footage of various events over the past year. Following is a link to the film she created. She features many folks we all know very well, including Northern Brigade Commander Rick Yates and many many many others. She did a great job and she has tons of pictures of many events. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men of the Arkansas Division,
If you would like to donate to the Franklin monument for the Arkansas troops, go to www.arkansastoothpick.com and you can’t miss it. Tell everyone in your camps to spare a dollar or two!
Thanks Everett for taking the lead on this!
During the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States, there are many preservation projects underway. One such project is the placement of a monument to Arkansas soldiers that were killed at the Battle of Franklin, TN in 1864. One of the many countless Arkansawyers that gave the ultimate sacrifice was Irish-born Arkansas Confederate General Patrick R. Cleburne.
There is no monument to these brave men- even 150 years later! This is a shame and this will be corrected. The Arkansas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, headed by the efforts of compatriot Everett Burr, is raising money to have a monument constructed and placed on the battlefield on Winstead Hill in Franklin, TN. The Sam Davis Camp in TN is instrumental in making this happen.
These men gave their lives in a suicide charge commanded by General Hood- perhaps one of the greatest military blunders in American history. Please donate $1 or however much you can spare to make sure these men will never be forgotton! The whole project is estimated at $7,000. Over $1500 has been raised thus far.
To donate to the Franklin Monument Fund, go to Arkansastoothpick.com and look for the donate button on the left side of the site. Because of programming syntax issues and difficulties, the programming code for the donate button could not be placed on this website. You can donate using any major credit card through paypal!
Camp Number: 1433
Camp Name: General Patrick R. Cleburne
Camp Location: Pine Bluff, Ar (Jefferson County)
Camp E-Mail: email@example.com
Camp Website: www.arkansastoothpick.com
Meeting: The Patrick R. Cleburne Camp meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. at the Watson Chapel Fire Station on Sulphur Springs Road west of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Camp Commander: David A. Taylor
Commander’s Phone: 870-879-1488
Commander’s E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Adjutant: Ron Kelley
Adjutant’s Phone: (870) 592-0079
Adjutant’s E-mail: email@example.com
The Sons of Confederate Veterans hosted the 26 annual Patrick R. Cleburne memorial service Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the graveside of the Irish-born Arkansas Confederate General in Helena, Arkansas. With about 100 in attendance, spectators and living historians were witness to a beautiful day atop Crowley’s Ridge as a multitude of Confederate flags waived in the breeze behind the keynote speaker Danny Honnoll.