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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1827

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

Leonidas Polk

(Ap'd N. C.)


Born April 10, 1806, Raleigh, NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1823, to July 1, 1827, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1827.

On leave of absence, July 1 to Dec. 1, 1827.

Resigned, Dec. 1, 1827.

Civil History. — Clergyman, Protestant Episcopal Church, 1831‑38. Missionary Bishop of Arkansas, and the Indian Territory south of 36°30′, with provisional charge of the Diocese of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and the Missions in the Republic of Texas, 1838‑41. Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, 1841‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Killed, on Pine Mountain, near Marietta, Ga., June 14, 1864: Aged 58.

Buried, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, New Orleans, LA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; a close friend of classmate Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Jefferson Davis during his cadet years, he was given the command of an army corps, but was a mediocre general, whose death would be of more value to the Confederacy than his living command. The details are supplied in many places online, for example at Find-a‑Grave and the eHistory Archive.

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