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Cleburne County named for Irish man who became Confederate general

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On Dec. 6, 1866, a new county was carved out of Alabama’s Calhoun, Randolph and Talladega counties and named Cleburne County in honor of a Civil War hero.

“The story of his life should be a movie,” said Janet Baber, the artist who painted Confederate Army Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne’s portrait, which hangs in the Cleburne County Courthouse. “He was such a role model.”

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545 or, in Heflin, 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.