Leonidas Polk Edit Profile
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1827. Educated Virginia Theological Seminary.
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.
Married Frances Ann Devereux, May 1830, 8 children.