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This Day in Georgia History

April 10, 1806

Leonidas Polk Born

Religious leader and Confederate general Leonidas Polk was born in Raleigh, N.C. He resigned shortly after entering West Point to follow a religious career. He became an Episcopal minister and eventually was made a bishop. He also was a principal founder of the the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Polk joined the Confederate cause in June 1861 as a major general in command of Confederate Military Department 2 (Red River to Kentucky). Replaced by Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, Polk commanded a corps at the battles of Shiloh and Perryville. In Oct. 1862, he was promoted to Lt. Gen. and served at the battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga. Because of disagreements with Gen. Braxton Bragg, Polk was transferred to command of the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. During Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, Polk commanded his own corps. On June 14, 1864, Polk was killed by Union artillery fire at Pine Mountain prior to the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

To view the funeral program, see the Digital Library of Georgia.