Tag Archives: Leonidas Polk

“A Piece of Bone,” Bishop Polk, and the National Tribune

Editor’s note: Stephen Davis’ forthcoming book, The National Tribune Remembers the Atlanta Campaign, will be published next year by Savas Beatie. The National Tribune, a weekly newspaper published in Washington from 1877 to 1943, was arguably the most comprehensive repository … Continue reading

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Behind Enemy Lines in Kentucky

ECW welcomes back guest author Stuart W. Sanders…. Garry Adelman and Kristopher White from the American Battlefield Trust recently filmed content at multiple Civil War sites in Kentucky for the Trust’s Facebook page. As the former executive director of the … Continue reading

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The Bluffs at Columbus, Kentucky

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Katy Berman The Columbus-Belmont State Park, located in western Kentucky, commemorates the Battle of Belmont, which was fought in Missouri. The great guns of Columbus were used to advantage during the fight, but Union … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Books, Books, Books Part 2

This week our Symposium Spotlight will get you excited about a summer reading list. In part two of this series, our presenters have suggested works that will get you prepared for this year’s theme “Fallen Leaders of the Civil War.” … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Leonidas Polk

Welcome back to another installment of our 2020 Emerging Civil War Spotlight series. Each week we have introduced you to another preview of our outstanding presentations that will be shared at the Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium August 7-9, … Continue reading

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Rock Star Egos and the Army of Tennessee’s Most Important Inferiority Complex

I’ve been listening this week to the audiobook version of Greg Mertz’s Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh (one of my jobs, as series editor, is to listen to and approve all the books before they’re … Continue reading

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The Seniormost Deaths

Today in 1862, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was mortally wounded at the head of his troops during the Battle of Shiloh (or Pittsburg Landing). A plaque on the battlefield, placed by the War Department shortly after the park’s founding, … Continue reading

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Polk’s Resting Place

Leonidas Polk remains something of an elusive figure to military historians. He owed his high rank to his friendship with Jefferson Davis. But Polk could have risen up the officer ranks on his own. He was charismatic, well-connected, wealthy, and … Continue reading

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On Location: The Site of Leonidas Polk’s Death

On June 14, 1864, Confederate Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk was inspecting Federal movements from atop Pine Mountain when Federal artillery opened fire on him. I went On Location, on the anniversary of Polk’s death, to the spot where he was … Continue reading

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Site of Leonidas Polk’s Death

I’m on location today at the site of Leonidas Polk’s death, which took place on this date in 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign. I’ll have a video posted later once I get to some better Internet, but I thought I … Continue reading

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