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Lucius E. Polk
July 10, 1833(1833-07-10) – December 1, 1892 (aged 59)
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Place of birth Salisbury, North Carolina
Place of death Columbia, Tennessee
Place of burial St. John's Church Cemetery Ashwood, Tennessee
Allegiance United States of America
Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army Army of Tennessee
Years of service 1861–64
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Civil War
Other work Planter

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 Leonidas Polk.


Early life

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

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.[2]

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.[2]

Death and legacy

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


  • Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Louisiana State University Press, 1959, ISBN 0-8071-0823-5.


  1. ^ Warner, p. 243-44.
  2. ^ a b c Warner, p. 244.

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