Capt. Polk Grundy Johnson, (CSA)

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Capt. Polk Grundy Johnson, (CSA)

Death: July 28, 1889 (44)
New York City
Immediate Family:

Son of Cave Johnson, US Congress, U.S. Postmaster General and Elizabeth "Betsy" Johnson
Husband of Emma Johnson and Nanny W Johnson
Father of Cave Johnson and Mildred Johnson
Brother of Maj.(CSA), James Hickman Johnson and Pvt. (CSA), Thomas Dickson Johnson
Half brother of Isaac Brunson; Mary Elizabeth Brunson and Penelope Jane Brunson

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About Capt. Polk Grundy Johnson, (CSA)  

Polk Johnson was born November 2, 1844 in Clarksville, the son of Cave and Elizabeth Johnson. Polk attended private schools and tutoring until 1858, when he entered Stewart College.

In 1861 he joined Company A, Forty-ninth Tennessee Regiment under Capt. J.E. Bailey. He was at the battle of Ft. Donelson and surrendered with his company February 16, 1862. He was held prisoner at Camp Douglas, Illinois until exchanged at Vicksburg in September of 1862. He served until September of 1863 when he was detailed for duty at the headquarters of Brig.-Gen. Quarles, and September of 1864, was appointed first lieutenant and aid-de-camp. His commission was signed by John C. Breckenridge. He served until Gen. Quarles was disabled, then he was assigned duty as assistant inspector-general on Gen. McComb's staff and was his only personal staff officer at the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox Court House.

After Polk returned home he went to Canada and attended McGill College in Montreal. He then attended the law department of the Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee and graduated in 1868. He associated with Gen. Quarles in his law practice until his appointment as clerk and master of the chancery court in 1870.

On October 1, 1868 he married Emma V. Robb, daughter of Col. Alfred Robb who was killed at Ft. Donelson in 1862. Emma died in 1872 and in 1875, Polk married Nannie W. Tyler, of Montgomery County, daughter of Hon. John D. Tyler. Polk and Nannie had two children: Cave and Mildred.

In 1871, he was reappointed clerk and master of the chancery court for a term of six years, was re-elected in 1877, and again in 1883.

Polk was active in the city and county and much interested in its history. With several others, he was instrumental in building up the beautiful Riverview Cemetery. He was also treasurer for the Trinity Church.

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