CDV OF CONFEDERATE MAJOR GENERAL POLK -- NEW ORLEANS PHOTOGRAPHER

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Very nice photograph of Leonidas Polk. This is a waist-up view of the man with arms folded. He wears a double-breasted coat with buttons in groups of three (major general) and collar insignia. Image is clean and clear. Some penned detail was added to the beard to help it stand out.

The mount is untrimmed and undamaged. Photographer's backmark, Theo. Lilienthal's, New Orleans.

General Leonidas Polk (April 10, 1806 – June 14, 1864) was a bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and founder of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America, which separated from the Episcopal Church of the United States of America. He was a slaveholding planter in Maury County, Tennessee, and a second cousin of President James K. Polk. He resigned his ecclesiastical position to become a major general in the Confederate States Army. He was called "Sewanee's Fighting Bishop". His official portrait at the University of the South depicts him dressed as a bishop with his army uniform hanging nearby.

Polk was one of the more notable political generals of the war. Recognizing his familiarity with the Mississippi Valley, Confederate president Jefferson Davis commissioned his elevation to a high military position regardless of his lack of prior combat experience. Polk commanded troops in the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Perryville, the Battle of Stones River, the Tullahoma Campaign, the Battle of Chickamauga, the Chattanooga Campaign, and the Atlanta Campaign. He is remembered for his bitter disagreements with his immediate superior, General Braxton Bragg of the Army of Tennessee, and for his general lack of success in combat. While serving under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston, he was killed in action in 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign.

From the late William Turner collection.   [jet] [ph:L]

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