DescriptionConfederate General Leonidas Polk Twice Signed Carte de Visite. Measuring 2.5" x 4.25", "The Fighting Bishop" is seen in this waist up portrait in the uniform of a Confederate general, arms folded over this chest, looking slightly off to his right. The general has signed "L. Polk. / Lieut Genl" below the image. An additional signature appears on the verso with the inscription: "To my early friend Dr. F.J. Haywood [signed] L. Polk." Left edge of the image is discolored; several small, dark spots are also seen. Discoloration of the lower edge of the mount does not affect the signature. Tape remnant along the upper edge; lower corners are clipped. Uneven toning and spots of discoloration on the verso does not affect the inscription, which is bold.
Episcopal Bishop Gen. Leonidas Polk (1806-1864) was scouting enemy positions with his staff when he was disemboweled by a Federal artillery shell at Pine Mountain near Marietta, Georgia.
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