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 dropped. From this time he disappears from Confederate military history, but he remained true to the Confederacy to the last. After the war he resided in Memphis, Tenn., and edited the Appeal in 1867. The next year he moved to Washington, D. C., and practiced in the courts until 1880. From that time until his death, which occurred at Washington, April 2, 1891, he devoted himself to literature and to freemasonry. He was the highest masonic dignitary in the United States, and was author of several valuable masonic works.
Brigadier-General Lucius Eugene Polk was born at Salisbury, N. C., July 10, 1833; was graduated at the university of Virginia in 1852, and was living in Arkansas at the opening of the civil war, when he enlisted as a private, but was soon made first lieutenant in Company B, Fifteenth Arkansas, Cleburne's regiment. Serving in the west under Hardee, his regiment was, with other troops of that command, transferred to the eastside of the Mississippi early in 1862. At Shiloh, Polk conducted himself with great gallantry and received a wound. On the 11th of April he was commissioned colonel of his regiment. At Richmond, Ky., he was severely wounded early in the fight, but was back with the army in time for the Murfreesboro campaign. He was commissioned brigadier-general on the 13th of December, 1862, and participated with conspicuous gallantry in the battle of Murfreesboro, in command of Cleburne's old brigade. For his part in this fierce conflict he was mentioned in terms of high praise by Cleburne, Hardee and Bragg. At Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, Polk's brigade maintained its reputation for valor and efficiency. At Ringgold gap, when Cleburne saved by his splendid fight the artillery and trains of Bragg's retreating army, Brigadier-General Polk was included with Lowrey, Govan and Granbury in a very high testimonial of merit. Cleburne said of them: ‘Four better officers are not in the ’
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