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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 15, 1864

Richmond Newspaper Reported on Death of Leonidas Polk

The Richmond Times Dispatch reported on the death of General Leonidas Polk.

The battle Commenced in North Georgia–Gen. Polk killed. Atlanta, June 14. –The enemy opened slowly with artillery on our position yesterday afternoon, and, after the storm passed, continued up to nightfall. They opened again early this morning, and the artillery firing continued when the train left Marietta. Both armies are gradually moving towards our right. As the rains have closed, it is supposed that active operations will again commence. Trains from the front to-day bring very few wounded. The following dispatch from Major West, of Gen. Polk’s staff, was received by Col. Thrasher at noon to-day: “Lieut. Gen. Polk was struck by a cannon shot to-day about eleven o’clock and instantly killed. Gens. Johnston, Hardee and Jackson were with him when he fell.”