Patrick R. Cleburne was born in County Cork, Ireland. He studied pharmacy at school and later served for three years in Britain's Royal Army. After that, he immigrated to Arkansas and ran a drugstore. This background hid great military talent. In the Confederate army, he rose to the rank of major general and led his troops to many victories. Cleburne was killed in November, 1864, at the Battle of Franklin, near Nashville, Tennessee. He was shot while waving his military cap in the air and shouting for his men to follow him in a charge.
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