Leonidas Polk
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States from 1861)
Date of Birth: 1806
Date of Death: 1864
Cause of Death: Exploding artillery shell
Religion: Episcopalianism
Occupation: Farmer, Soldier, Clergy
Parents: William Polk and Sarah Hawkins
Spouse: Frances Ann Devereux
Children: Eight lived to adulthood, two died in infancy
Relatives: James K. Polk (cousin)
Military Branch: Confederate

Army (American Civil War)

Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: Army of Tennessee (Second American Revolution)

Leonidas Polk (April 10, 1806 – June 14, 1864) was a Confederate Army general in the American Civil War. Prior to the war, Polk had been a planter in Maury County, Tennessee, and served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, which earned him the appropriate nickname The Fighting Bishop.

Polk was one of the more controversial political generals of the war, elevated to a high military position with no prior combat experience because of his friendship with Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He fought as a corps commander in many of the major battles of the Western Theater, but is remembered more for his bitter disagreements with his immediate superior, Gen. Braxton Bragg of the Army of Tennessee, than for his successes in combat. He was killed in action in 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign.

He was a second cousin of US President James K. Polk.

Leonidas Polk in The Guns of the South[]

Leonidas Polk returned with the victorious Army of Tennessee at the end of the Second American Revolution. In August 1864, Polk and his corps participated in the triumphal procession of the Confederate States Army in Richmond, hosted by President Jefferson Davis himself.[1]

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Religious titles
Preceded by
New diocese
Episcopalian Bishop of Louisiana
Succeeded by
Joseph Wilmer