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The fall of Lieut. Gen. Polk.

The Atlanta Confederacy has an interesting account of the fall of Lieut. Gen. (Bishop) Polk. It appears that Gen. Polk, with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, Lieut. Gen. Hardee and Gen. Jackson, of the cavalry, accompanied by their respective staffs, had ridden out on the morning of the 14th inst to Pine Mountain to survey the positions. They reached that elevation, which is in the neighborhood of Gen. Bate's line, some five or six miles in front of Marietta, about 11 o'clock, A. M. The Confederacy says:

‘ The party were dismounted, and all their horses were left below the crown of the knoll. Some one had suggested that so large a group of officers at so exposed a point might attract the fire of the enemy. The suggestion had scarcely been offered before a shell from one of the enemy's batteries, recently planted, about nine hundred yards distant, passed very near them. The group then began to disperse in different directions. General Johnston and Lieut. Gen. Polk moved off a few paces together and separated — the former selecting a path lower down the hill, and Gen. Polk proceeding along the cone of the knoll. Gen. Johnston had scarcely parted from Gen. Polk before a second shell from the same battery struck the latter in the chest, and he fell without a groan.

Col. Gale, of his staff, who deserved his fall, ran immediately back to the spot, but before he had reached it the great soul of his loved General had sped beyond the clouds. There was a slight tremor of the lower jaw, but the eyes were fixed and the pulses ceased. A three inch rifle ball or shell had taken effect in the left arm, above the elbow, crushing it and passing through the body, and also through the right arm, just below the shoulder joint, leaving it in the same multilated condition as the left, portions of the integuments serving to secure the arms still to the frame. The opening through the chest was indeed a frightful one, and in all probability, from the direction of the missile, involved the heart and lungs in its course. The position of the General, on the slope of Pine Mountain, at the moment of the sad occurrence, accounts for the upward tendency of the shot, as indicated in the course traced on his person.

The enemy's battery by this time began to fire with great rapidity, and the body was borne back on a litter, under a heavy fire. It was carried to the Relief Committee Ward of Dr. J. N. Simmons, in Marietta. Here, upon examination of the pockets of his coat, were found, in that of the left side, his Book of Common Prayer for the service of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and in the right pocket, four copies of the Rev. Dr. Quintard's little work entitled. "Balm for the Weary and the Wounded." Upon the fly leaves of each of these little volumes, indicating for whom they were intended, was inscribed the names respectively of Gen. Jos. E. Johnston, Lieut. Gen. Hardee, and Lieut. Gen. Hood, "with the compliments of Lieut. Gen. Leoni Jas. Polk, June 12th, 1864." Within the fourth volume was inscribed his own name. All were saturated with the blood which flowed from the wound.

The remains, in charge of his staff, reached this city last night, and were received by a committee of citizens appointed by the Mayor, and deposited in St. Luke's Church, on Walton street.

The remains were lying in state in the church, and were visited during the morning by thousands of citizens. At 12 o'clock the beautiful burial service of the Protestant Episcopal Church was performed by prayers being read by the Rev John Backwith. The Rev. Charles T. Quintard, Pastor of St. Luke's, and Chaplain on the staff of Gen. Polk, delivered an eloquent and impressive eulogy upon the distinguished dead, after which the remains, enclosed in a metallic case, were escorted to the Augusta train, where a special car had been secured to carry them to Augusta, en route to their place of interment in North Carolina.

At the door of the church the sarcophagus was received by Major Gen. Gustavus W. Smith, Brig. Gen. Ruggles, Brig Gen. Marcus J. Wright, Brig. Gen. A. W. Reynolds, Col. B. S. Jewell and Col. Crawford, as pall bearers, who, with the city military, the officers of the post, the personal staff and relatives of the General, and a large number of citizens on foot, constituted the funeral cortege to the railway station. The sarcophagus, appropriately clad in white roses with a cross of roses upon the breast of the dead warrior, was placed upon a carpet in the centre of the car, together with his side arms and sword.

The following is Gen. Johnston's official order relative to the death of Gen. Polk:


Headquarters Army of Tennessee,
in the Field, June 14, 1864.
[General Field Orders, No. 2.]

Comrades! You are called to mourn your first captain, your oldest companion in arms Lieutenant General Polk fell to-day at the outpost of this army — the army he raised and commanded — in all of whose trials he has shared, to all of whose victories he contributed.

In this distinguished leader we have lost the most courteous of gentlemen, the most gallant of soldiers.

The Christian, patriot, soldier, has neither lived nor died in vain. His example is before you — his mantic rests with you.

J. E. Johnston, General.

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