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Lt. General Leonidas Polk Killed at Pine Mountain

Beginning on 1864/06/14 and ending 1864/06/14


Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk (April 10, 1806 - June 14, 1864) was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and was for that reason known as The Fighting Bishop.


The General Polk´s Corps held the center of the Confederate line, with Hood´s corps to his right and Hardee´s corps to his left. Pine Mountain was the highest point in the center of the line and offered an excellent view of the surrounding terrain. On June 14th Generals Johnston, Hardee, and Polk climbed to the top of the Confederate works to view the terrain and discuss weather of not to withdraw from Pine Mountain. General Sherman noticed several men on the works and ordered Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard, commander of the IV Corps, of open fire on them. The 5th Indiana Battery, commanded by Capt. Peter Simonson opened fire. The 3rd shell struck and killed General Polk. Capt. Peter Simonson was killed on June 16, 1864


 

 

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Links to Civil War Historic Markers Across Georgia.

 

Captain Peter Simonson 5th Indiana Battery
Gen. Leonidas Polk's Headquarters
Lt. General Leonidas Polk Killed at Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain