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    Confederate General Leonidas Polk Autograph Note Signed "L. Polk." One page, 5.5" x 8.5". Polk, the Fighting Bishop, received this telegram regarding supplies from a Capt. Mallory from Memphis sometime in 1861. At the bottom, Polk writes a short note to Gen. Gideon Pillow, asking him to "write to me a reply." Ink smudging throughout. Lightly toned along the fold and edges.

    Before the Civil War, Leonidas Polk (1806-1864) was a planter in Maury County, Tennessee, and a bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. (He had joined the Episcopal Church during his senior year at West Point.) He resigned his military commission in 1827 and was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1830. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis convinced Polk, the Bishop of Louisiana at the time, to accept a commission in the army of the Confederate States. Polk agreed and was commissioned a major general commanding Department No. 2 (roughly, the area between the Mississippi River and the Tennessee River) in 1861.


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    April, 2015
    9th Thursday
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