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The Daily Dispatch: June 15, 1864., [Electronic resource] 9 3 Browse Search
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Death of Lieut Gen. Polk. The telegraphic dispatch which announces the resumption of active hostilities in Northern Georgia brings also the melancholy tidings of the death of Lieut. Gen. Lecuidas Polk. He was struck by a cannon ball and instantly killed. Gen. Polk was a native of Ashe county, North Carolina, and was educateLieut. Gen. Lecuidas Polk. He was struck by a cannon ball and instantly killed. Gen. Polk was a native of Ashe county, North Carolina, and was educated to the military profession, having graduated at West Point. Subsequently, however, he adopted the peaceful calling of the ministry, rose to distinction in the Protestant Episcopal Church, and became Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana. At the breaking out of the war he relinquished his prelacy, under the solemn conviction that hGen. Polk was a native of Ashe county, North Carolina, and was educated to the military profession, having graduated at West Point. Subsequently, however, he adopted the peaceful calling of the ministry, rose to distinction in the Protestant Episcopal Church, and became Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana. At the breaking out of the war he relinquished his prelacy, under the solemn conviction that he could be of more service to his country in the field, and has since become distinguished for his ability as an officer and his valor in the presence of the foe. When the rank of Lieutenant General was created by Congress, the title was conferred upon him as one of those who had earned it by gallantry at the head of his command.
The battle Commenced in North Georgia--Gen. Polk killed. Atlanta, June 14. --The enemy opened slowly with artillery on our position yesterday afternoon, and, after the storm passed, continued up to nightfall. They opened again early this morning, and the artillery firing continued when the train left Marietta. Both armi, it is supposed that active operations will again commence. Trains from the front to-day bring very few wounded. The following dispatch from Major West, of Gen. Polk's staff, was received by Col. Thrasher at noon to-day: "Lieut. Gen. Polk was struck by a cannon shot to-day about eleven o'clock and instantly killed. GensTrains from the front to-day bring very few wounded. The following dispatch from Major West, of Gen. Polk's staff, was received by Col. Thrasher at noon to-day: "Lieut. Gen. Polk was struck by a cannon shot to-day about eleven o'clock and instantly killed. Gens. Johnston, Hardee and Jackson were with him when he fell."