In this Book

summary
Leonidas Polk was a graduate of West Point who resigned his commission to enter the Episcopal priesthood as a young man. At first combining parish ministry with cotton farming in Tennessee, Polk subsequently was elected the first bishop of the Louisiana Diocese, whereupon he bought a sugarcane plantation and worked it with several hundred slaves owned by his wife. Then, in the 1850s he was instrumental in the founding of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. When secession led to war he pulled his diocese out of the national church and with other Southern bishops established what they styled the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America. Polk then offered his military services to his friend and former West Point classmate Jefferson Davis and became a major general in the Confederate Army.

Polk was one of the more notable, yet controversial, generals of the war. Recognizing his indispensable familiarity with the Mississippi Valley, Confederate president Jefferson Davis commissioned his elevation to a high military position regardless of his lack of prior combat experience. Polk commanded troops in the Battles of Belmont, Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, and Meridian as well as several smaller engagements in Georgia leading up to Atlanta. Polk is remembered for his bitter disagreements with his immediate superior, the likewise-controversial General Braxton Bragg of the Army of Tennessee. In 1864, while serving under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston, Polk was killed by Union cannon fire as he observed General Sherman’s emplacements on the hills outside Atlanta.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-3
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 1. Leonidas—A Name to Daunt the Northern Barbarians (1776–1825)
  2. pp. 4-14
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 2. “Opinions . . . Most Awfully Dangerous” (1826)
  2. pp. 15-27
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 3. “Board, Room, Servant, and All Other Like Necessities” (1826–1830)
  2. pp. 28-38
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 4. “‘Minding High Things’ Too Much” (1828–1830)
  2. pp. 39-49
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 5. “At Any Moment Our Brightest Hopes May Be Nipt in the Bud” (1830–1832)
  2. pp. 50-61
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 6. “A Disposition to Be Pulling Down and Fixing Things Better” (1832–1836)
  2. pp. 62-72
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 7. “How Happily the Days of Thalaba Went By” (1836–1838)
  2. pp. 73-81
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 8. “Not a Common Preacher; He Was Good for Something” (1839–1841)
  2. pp. 82-96
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 9. “As It Is My Duty to Live Here, I Will Try My Best to Like It” (1841–1849)
  2. pp. 97-114
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 10. “From This Time Forward We Were Beggars” (1850–1857)
  2. pp. 115-133
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 11. A University Takes Root in Terra Incognita (1857–1860)
  2. pp. 134-145
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 12. “My Dear General, Consider Me at Your Service” (1860–1861)
  2. pp. 146-159
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 13. “I Am Afraid of the Polkism of Your Nature” (1861)
  2. pp. 160-173
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 14. “I Beg Leave to Tender My Resignation” (1861)
  2. pp. 174-188
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 15. The Battle of Belmont—Strutting and Bonhomie (1861)
  2. pp. 195-208
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 16. “I Have Saved the Army from Divers Disasters” (1862)
  2. pp. 209-220
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 17. Shiloh (1862)
  2. pp. 221-239
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 18. “I Am as Happy as I Generally Am” (1862)
  2. pp. 240-258
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 19. Perryville—“The Most Exciting Few Moments of My Life” (1862)
  2. pp. 259-273
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 20. “I Believe I Have Been of Some Use to the Republic” (1862–1863)
  2. pp. 274-294
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 21. General Rabbitt Escapes a Guerrilla Snare (1863)
  2. pp. 295-311
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 22. “I Am Somewhat Afraid of Davis” (1863)
  2. pp. 312-329
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 23. Bragg’s Designs for a Satisfying Sabbath Disintegrate (1863)
  2. pp. 330-346
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 24. “Fight Ever with True Hearts. Your Friend, L. Polk” (1863)
  2. pp. 347-357
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 25. A “Monstrous Proposition . . . Revolting to Southern Sentiment” (1863–1864)
  2. pp. 358-378
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 26. Presidential Adviser—Army Strategies and Naval Plots (1864)
  2. pp. 379-388
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 27. “Old Friends Pleased to See Me Here” (1864)
  2. pp. 389-404
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 28. “Were It Not to Defend Our Soil and Families, I Should Fear the Curse of God” (1864)
  2. pp. 405-426
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 427-428
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 429-544
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 545-566
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Index
  2. pp. 567-592
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Photo Gallery
  2. pp. 189-194
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Back Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download

Additional Information

ISBN
9780700627516
Related ISBN
9780700627509
MARC Record
OCLC
1090284870
Pages
600
Launched on MUSE
2019-04-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.