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Bishop Leonidas Polk
Chapter No. 2415

Leonidas Polk (1806 ~ 1864)

Leonidas, son of William and Sarah Polk, was born 1806 in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina from 1821 to 1823, when he transferred to the United States Military Academy in West Point. He graduated in 1827 but, having converted to the Episcopal Church, resigned his commission from the U.S. Army to become an ordained deacon.

After traveling and living in various places from Virginia to Louisiana, he and his wife Frances settled in Louisiana when Leonidas was made bishop of Louisiana in 1841. He became a sugar planter, utilizing a large number of slaves inherited by his wife from the Devereux family of North Carolina. He also helped found the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, in 1857.

In 1861, he was appointed Major General in the Confederate Army; and in 1862, promoted to Lieutenant General. He served in independent commands under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston, Braxton Bragg, and Joseph E. Johnston.

Bishop Leonidas Polk was killed during the Atlanta campaign
on June 14, 1864.

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