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Collection Number: 02965

Collection Title: Leonidas Polk Papers, 1767-1935

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Size 200 items.
Abstract Leonidas Polk, Episcopal bishop and Confederate lieutenant-general, was the grandson of Thomas Polk, who fought in the American Revolution, and the son of William Polk (1758-1834), colonel during the Revolution, member of the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Supervisor of Internal Revenue, University of North Carolina trustee, bank director, and surveyor and owner of lands in Tennessee. Leonidas Polk was related to the Gale, Hawkins, and Yeatman families. Among his children was medical doctor William Mecklenburg Polk, who wrote "Leonidas Polk, Bishop and General." MICROFILM ONLY. Correspondence and other papers of Leonidas Polk relating to his life and work; Episcopal Church matters; the establishment of the University of the South, 1856-1861; and the Confederate campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia, 1861-1864, in which Polk was involved. Also included are papers of William Mecklenburg Polk, chiefly concerning the biography of his father; papers of members of the Polk, Gale, and Hawkins families; correspondence of Charles R. Barney, 1857-1860, engineer for the board of trustees of the University of the South, about the physical development of the University site; and copies of Archibald D. Murphey's papers relating to William Polk.
Creator Polk, Leonidas, 1806-1864.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Leonidas Polk Papers, #2965, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Leonidas Polk, Episcopal bishop and Confederate lieutenant-general, was the grandson of Thomas Polk, who fought in the American Revolution, and the son of William Polk (1758-1834), colonel during the Revolution, member of the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Supervisor of Internal Revenue, University of North Carolina trustee, bank director, and surveyor and owner of lands in Tennessee. Leonidas Polk was related to the Gale, Hawkins, and Yeatman families. Among his children was medical doctor William Mecklenburg Polk, who wrote "Leonidas Polk, Bishop and General."

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MICROFILM ONLY. Correspondence and other papers of Leonidas Polk relating to his life and work; Episcopal Church matters; the establishment of the University of the South, 1856-1861; and the Confederate campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia, 1861-1864, in which Polk was involved. Also included are papers of William Mecklenburg Polk, chiefly concerning the biography of his father; papers of members of the Polk, Gale, and Hawkins families; correspondence of Charles R. Barney, 1857-1860, engineer for the board of trustees of the University of the South, about the physical development of the University site; and copies of Archibald D. Murphey's papers relating to William Polk.

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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