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General Cleburne's Proposal to Arm Slaves - GHS 155-4 - Whitfield Co., GA
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N 34° 46.545 W 084° 58.179
16S E 685790 N 3850053
Quick Description: The General Cleburne's Proposal to Arm Slaves historic marker is located at 314 N. Selvidge Street, Dalton, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2011 3:20:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMCB1C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
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General Cleburne's Proposal to Arm Slaves


Here on January 2, 1864, Gen. Patrick Cleburne proposed arming slaves in exchange for their freedom to alleviate the manpower shortage facing the Confederacy. Almost all the other generals present opposed the idea of black Confederate soldiers because it violated the principles upon which the Confederacy was founded. Gen. Patton Anderson said the proposal "would shake our governments, both state and Confederate, to their very foundations," and Gen. A.P. Stewart said it was "at war with my social, moral and political principles." Considering the proposal treasonous, Gen. W.H.T. Walker informed President Jefferson Davis, who ordered any mention of it to be suppressed. In March 1865, with defeat looming, the Confederate Congress approved enlisting slaves, but few did and none saw combat. Conversely, nearly 200,000 free African Americans served in the U.S. armed forces.

Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Battlefields Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Dedicated July 7, 2011

More information:
Wikipedia - Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
Civil War Home - Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
Arkansas History and Culture - Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (1828–1864)

Type of Marker: Building

Marker #: GHS 155-4

Date: 2011.6

Sponsor: Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Battlefields Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development

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