Kirby Smith & Cleburne Arrive in Richmond, Kentucky; Bull Nelson on the Way

(Richmond, KY) — Confederate Generals Edmund Kirby Smith and Patrick Cleburne have arrived at the site of their greatest victory, Richmond, Kentucky.  And Federal Major General William “Bull” Nelson is on his way and will arrive soon.

Obviously, these Civil War generals aren’t congregating in Richmond in the flesh.  But their likeness in bronze will soon adorn the new Battle of Richmond Visitors Center.

Bruce Everly, of Everly Sculpture based in Chicago, Illinois, has been commissioned by the Battle of Richmond (KY) Visitors Center to provide busts of the generals who participated in the battle fought on August 29 & 30, 1862.

The statues will be created over the course of 2010 and possibly into 2011.  Each bust portrays the general as he may have looked at the Battle of Richmond, except for Cleburne.  Cleburne’s bust has his mustache and goatee, while Cleburne was clean shaven at Richmond.  Cleburne was severely wounded in the face at Richmond, and hence he grew his famous facial hair to hide a rather nasty scar.

The statues will be on display at the Battle of Richmond (KY) Visitors Center, and may be on display at other locations during special events.

The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, is deemed by many Civil War scholars as the most complete victory one side had over the other during the entire war.  Experienced Confederates routed green Union troops in a three stage fight ranging over nearly ten miles of rolling Kentucky farmland.  The last stage of the battle was fought in the Richmond Cemetery.  Of approx. 7,000 Union soldiers engaged, losses were at around 6,500, with most captured in mass at the end of the fight.  Confederate losses were less than 600.

The remaining generals to be created are Federal Brigadier Generals Mahlon Manson and Charles Cruft, both of Indiana.  Confederate Brigadier General Thomas Churchill, of Arkansas,  will complete the set.  Confederate Brigadier General Henry Heth, who entered Richmond with his forces a day after the battle, may be commissioned later, depending on funding.

To view additional creations by Bruce Everly and Everly Sculptures, please visit everlysculpture.com.  For more information regarding the Battle of Richmond, please visit battleofrichmondky.us or battleofrichmond.org.

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