Polk, Leonidas

Polk, Leonidas

Polk, Leonidas, 1806-64, American Episcopal bishop and Confederate general in the Civil War, b. Raleigh, N.C. He left the army to study for the ministry and was ordained in 1831. He served as missionary bishop of the Southwest (1838-41) and bishop of Louisiana (1841-61) and was the principal founder of the Univ. of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. (1857). In the Civil War he became a major general (June, 1861) in the Confederate army and was at first engaged in the defense of the Mississippi River. He commanded a corps at Shiloh (Apr., 1862), was promoted to lieutenant general shortly after fighting at Perryville (Oct.), and commanded the Confederate right at Murfreesboro (Dec., 1862-Jan., 1863). In the Chattanooga campaign Braxton Bragg accused him of dilatoriness at Chickamauga (Sept.) and had him relieved. Polk assumed command of the Army of Mississippi (Dec.) and fought in the Atlanta campaign until he was killed (June, 1864) at Pine Mountain, Ga.

See biography by J. H. Parks (1962); K. Elgin, The Episcopalians (1970).

Polk may refer to:


  • Albert Fawcett Polk (1869–1955), American lawyer and United States representative from Delaware
  • Aysia Polk (born 1990), American actress
  • Charles Polk, Jr. (1788–1857), American farmer and politician
  • DaShon Polk (born 1977), American football player
  • Ezekiel Polk (1747–1824), American surveyor, soldier, pioneer and grandfather to James K. Polk, President Of The United States
  • Frank Polk (1871–1943), lawyer, name partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • George Polk (1913–1948), American journalist for CBS murdered in Greece
  • Hiram Polk (born 1936), American surgeon and thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast
  • James G. Polk (1896–1959), United States representative from Ohio
  • James K. Polk (1795–1849), 11th President of the United States of America
  • Leonidas Polk (1806–1864), American bishop, Confederate general, planter, and third cousin to U.S. President James K. Polk
  • Leonidas Lafayette Polk (1837–1892), American farmer, journalist and political figure
  • Oscar Polk (1899–1949), American actor who starred in Gone with the Wind
  • Polk Miller (c.1840–1913), American pharmacist, musician, and Confederate soldier from Richmond/Bon Air, Virginia
  • Rufus King Polk (1866–1902), United States representative from Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Childress Polk (1803–1891), wife of James K. Polk
  • Shawntinice Polk (1983–2005), American basktetball player
  • Susan Polk (born 1957), American murderer
  • Trusten Polk (1811–1876), American Governor, Confederate Army officer, and United States Senator
  • Willis Polk (1867–1924), American architect most well known for his work in San Francisco, California.



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