Telegram to General Leonidas Polk
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Telegram to General Leonidas Polk

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Telegram to General Leonidas Polk
Dates: 1860 September 3
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0623

Biographical/Historical Note

Leonidas Polk (1801-1864) was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from the Unite States Military Academy at West Point, but almost immediately afterward he enrolled in the Episcopal ministry and became a bishop. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he entered the Confederate States Army. At the time of this telegram he was a lieutenant general in command of Department No. 2, whihc included the Mississippi River defenses from Red River to Paducah, Kentucky. He was killed in action near Marietta, Georgia on June 14, 1864.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a telegram from an operator to General Polk, sent from Columbus, Kentucky, dated September 3, 1860 [should be 1861]. Reports a boat landing men on the Mississippi River. The note is pencilled on a South-Western Telegraphic Company form. It was received at Hickman, Kentucky the same day.

Index Terms

Polk, Leonidas, 1806-1864.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Telegram to General Leonidas Polk, MS 623, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop, Charleston, South Carolina in March 1952.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Telegram from operator to General Polk, 1860 September 3
This collection contains a single-page telegram from the operator to General Polk, Columbus, Kentucky, September 3, 1860, should be 1861. Reports a boat landing men on the Mississippi River. Pencilled note on South-Western Telegraphic Company form. Received at Hickman, Kentucky the same day.