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Clergyman , army officer

Leonidas Polk, American clergyman, army officer.

Background

Polk, Leonidas was born on April 10, 1806 in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Son of Colonel William and Sarah (Hawkins) Polk.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1827. Educated Virginia Theological Seminary.

Career

Ordained deacon Protestant Episcopal Church, 1830, priest, 1831. Missionary bishop of S.W., 1838. Bishop of Louisiana, 1841.

Chiefly responsible for founding University of South, 1860. Commissioned major general Confederate Army, 1861. In charge of defending Mississippi River, 1861-1862.

His troops 1st to violate neutrality of Kentucky at Columbus, 1861. Defeated Grant at Belmont, Missouri, 1861. Commissioned Lieutenant general, 1862.

Fought at battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga.

Connections

Married Frances Ann Devereux, May 1830, 8 children.

father:
Colonel William Polk

mother:
Sarah (Hawkins) Polk

spouse:
Frances Ann Devereux