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t 1722, to Maryland; and about 1753, Thomas, the son of William Polk, found a congenial home in the Scotch-Irish settlement the rank of brigadier-general in the State forces. William Polk, his eldest son, then a lad not seventeen years old, let all odds. Leonidas Polk was the fourth son of Colonel William Polk, and was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 10,d alone save his life, and at once sailed for Europe. Mr. Polk remained more than a year abroad, traveling in France, Gerge tract of land in Maury County, Tennessee, which Colonel William Polk divided between four of his sons. Here these brethations, not necessary to be recounted here, had crippled Bishop Polk's large estate; but his pecuniary losses neither shook hpe and zeal in all good works. The chief business of Bishop Polk's life for five or six years before the war, though not ield of battle. Considerable surprise was created by Bishop Polk's action in taking a military command early in the war.
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical: officers of civil and military organizations. (search)
and postmaster. In 1880 he was appointed United States minister to Turkey, and under President Garfield he was United States marshal for the district of Georgia, in which State he has made his residence of recent years, at the town of Gainesville. In October, 1897, he was appointed United States railroad commissioner to succeed General Wade Hampton resigned. Lieutenant-General Leonidas Polk Lieutenant-General Leonidas Polk was born at Raleigh, N. C., April 10 1806, the son of Colonel William Polk, the latest survivor of the field officers of the North Carolina line, and grandson of Thomas Polk, a leader in the Mecklenburg convention. He received a literary education at the university of North Carolina, and then determining to embrace a military career, was appointed to the United States military academy, where he was graduated with a lieutenancy in the artillery in 1827. Through the influence of a new chaplain at West Point, afterward known as Bishop McIlvaine, of Ohio, he b
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Joseph E. Johnston's campaign in Georgia. (search)
West found that Captain Morris had reached General Polk's headquarters, and the captain, in turn, wvening about sunset General Hood rode up to General Polk's headquarters, with Major General French, the appointed hour Generals Johnston, Hood and Polk met at the latter's headquarters. General Hard was ordered to procure these immediately. General Polk communicated detailed instructions, but appked him where the column was marching to? General Polk said they were retreating to beyond the Etonment of the intended battle at Cassville? General Polk asked who had made the statement, and, when was not due to any representations made by General Polk, but the objections made by Lieutenant-Genef his line, and supported it by bringing one of Polk's division commanders, French, to confirm him (although Polk's other division commanders, Loring and Walthall, offered no objection), and in the abion to fight a battle there was abandoned; that Polk and Hood had insisted that they could not hold [29 more...]
Brigadier General Polk. --The Raleigh (North Carolina) Register has the following in relation to Brigadier, late Bishop, Polk: Bishop Polk is a native of this city, a grandson of Col. Thomas Polk, one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration, and a son of Col. William Polk, who died here about the year 1860. The latter entered the Army and served through the Revolution. He was with Gen. Washington at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, in the latter of which he was wounded. He was also with Gen. Gates at Camden, and with Gen. Greene at Gullford, and was severely wounded at Entaw Springs. At the close of the war he had attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.