“You Yankees…Have Killed Our General Polk!” The Death Of Leonidas Polk

Monday, June 9, 2014

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special 45 minute walk and talk at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This program will focus on the 150th anniversary of the death of Confederate General Leonidas Polk. Program participants are asked to meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road.   

On the afternoon of June 14, 1864, an announcement was issued to the Confederate Army of Tennessee saying, “Comrades, you are called upon to mourn your first captain, your oldest companion in arms, Lieutenant General Polk.

  He fell today at the outpost of the army…. His example is before you his mantle rests upon you.”  Leonidas Polk was known as the “Bishop General,” having exchanged his robes for the uniform of a soldier at the first sign of hostility in 1861.  Although beloved by his troops, he was noted for his shortcomings as a battlefield commander and his divisive scheming in army politics.  Come learn about the fascinating life and the gruesome death of General Polk during this special program.
 
Comfortable footwear and water are recommended for this program.

For more information, contact the National Park Service, Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 752-5213, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.


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