Lucius E. Polk

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Lucius E. Polk
Lucius E Polk.jpg
Born(1833-07-10)July 10, 1833
Salisbury, North Carolina
DiedDecember 1, 1892(1892-12-01) (aged 59)
Columbia, Tennessee
Place of burial
Saint John's Church Cemetery, Ashwood, Tennessee
AllegianceConfederate States of America
Service/branchConfederate States Army
Years of service1861–1864
RankConfederate States of America General.png Brigadier General
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Other workPlanter
Lucius Polk in his later years

Lucius Eugene Polk (July 10, 1833 – December 1, 1892) was a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was a nephew of Leonidas Polk.

Early life[edit]

Polk was born in Salisbury, North Carolina. When he was two years of age, the family moved near Columbia, Tennessee. Polk attended the University of Virginia in 1850-51, before settling in Helena, Arkansas, where he was a planter.[1]

Civil War[edit]

In 1861, Polk enlisted in the Yell Rifles as a private under Patrick Cleburne, who he served under during most of the War. At the Battle of Shiloh, then Junior Second Lieutenant Polk was wounded in the face. He was promoted to colonel of the 15th Arkansas Infantry Regiment following Shiloh. When Cleburne was promoted to divisional command, Polk was appointed brigadier general to date from December 13, 1862. Polk took part in fighting at Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and in the Atlanta Campaign. In June 1864, Polk was severely wounded (the fourth time during the war) at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and was honorably discharged from the Army.[2]

Post-war career[edit]

Polk returned to Columbia after his wounding at Kennesaw. He served as a delegate to the 1884 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1887 he was elected to the Tennessee Senate.[2]

Death and legacy[edit]

Polk received high praise from Confederate soldier Sam Watkins, who wrote of him in his book Co. Aytch: "In every battle he was engaged in, he led his men to victory, or held the enemy at bay, while the surge of battle was against us; he always seemed the successful general, who would snatch victory out of the very jaws of defeat. In every battle, Polk's brigade, of Cleburne's division, almost making the name of Cleburne as the Stonewall of the West. Polk was to Cleburne what Murat or the Old Guard was to Napoleon."[3]

Polk died in Columbia, Tennessee, and is buried at St. John's Church Cemetery at nearby Ashwood. His son Rufus King Polk was a Congressman from Pennsylvania.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Warner, p. 243-44.
  2. ^ a b c Warner, p. 244.
  3. ^ Watkins, Sam (1882). Co. Aytch. ISBN 978-0-7603-4775-1.


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