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About Lucius Eugene Polk
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 the nephew of Lt. General Leonidas Polk (CSA).
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.
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 forced to retire from the Army.
Post War career
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.
Death and legacy
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.