Cleburne was an Irish American soldier who served in the Confederate army and rose to the rank of Major General. Killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864 he was last seen advancing on foot toward the enemy with his sword raised after his horse had been shot out from under him.
When his body was found his boots, sword watch and anything else of value had been taken. I wonder how the museum got his sword? I suppose it was donated by the descendants of whoever might have confiscated it from the battlefield.
The final section of the museum exhibition explores how the Civil War continues its impact on us today. I highly recommend a visit to this museum, and don’t forget the Cyclorama, depicting the Battle of Atlanta is also a must-see in this charming capitol city.