Lucius Eugene Polk

Reference: Find-a-Grave

Lucius Eugene Polk, a nephew of General Leonidas Polk, was born at Salisbury, North Carolina, July 10, 1833. The family removed to a plantation near Columbia, Tennessee, when he was two. After attending the University of Virginia in 1850-51, he settled near Helena, Arkansas, and engaged in planting on his own account. He enlisted in 1861 as a private in the Yell Rifles, whose captain was Pat Cleburne; and he served under Cleburne during most of the war. He was promoted from junior 2nd lieutenant to colonel of the 15th Arkansas Infantry after Shiloh, where he was wounded in the face. He was made brigadier general to rank from December 13, 1862, and succeeded Cleburne in brigade command. Polk fought gallantly at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and in the Atlanta campaign. At Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864, he was so severely wounded (for the fourth time during the war) that he never fully recovered, and was compelled to retire from the army. Returning on crutches to his old home near Columbia, he lived quietly until his death, which occurred on December 1, 1892. General Polk was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Chicago in 1884, and in 1887 was elected to the Tennessee state senate. Two of his sons served in the Spanish-American War, and one of them was subsequently a member of Congress from Pennsylvania. The general is buried in St. John's Churchyard at Ashwood, near Columbia, Tennessee.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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