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This Day in Georgia History

June 15, 1864

Leonidas Polk Funeral

The body of Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk, who had been killed by Union artillery fire the previous day atop Pine Mountain near Marietta, arrived early morning at the Atlanta railroad depot. From here, his body was taken to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where dressed in his Confederate uniform, Polk’s body laid in state at the front of the altar. The funeral service was held at noon, after which his personal staff and a delegation of Confederate officers and Atlanta citizens escorted Polk’s coffin to the railroad depot, where it was carried to Augusta for final services and burial in the chancel of St. Paul’s Church.

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