until this mad notion should pass off. The young graduate enjoyed traveling through the Eastern states and Canada. Resigning his commission, he entered the Virginia Seminary November 1828. A friend of Colonel Polk's met him in Washington not long after and asked him where Leonidas was stationed.
"Stationed!" cried the Colonel, "Why, by thunder, Sir, he's over there in Alexandria in the Seminary!"
After graduation, he ministered for two years in Monumental Church in Richmond. He was instrumental in causing
the conversion and of baptizing his brother, Hamilton, shortly before his brother's death.
It was not long before the church singled out Rev. Leonidas Polk and called him to be missionary Bishop of the Southwest; embracing Arkansas, Indian Territory, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Louisiana, in September 1841, called Leonidas Polk to be her Bishop. He accepted and moved his family to Leighton, sixty miles from New Orleans, where he bought a plantation. Bishop Polk is described at this time as six feet in height---cast in the ideal mold of a soldier with a certain tone of command. One advice he (lave to his ministers:
"Live the gospel and you will preach it."
The war experiences of General Polk are written fully by his son. in his 2nd volume of his biography we are told that he had frequent interviews with Grant, during periods of truce, for the exchange of prisoners and the care of the wounded and dead on both sides. Once the General had his clothes blown off him by the exploding cannon 10 feet away.
In May 1864, General Polk, ever the minister as well as the soldier, complied with the request of General Hood, and General Joseph E. Johnson, and General Hardee and baptized them in their tents behind the lines of battle.
On June 14, 1864, General Leonidas Polk was killed in the line of duty.
LEONIDAS POLK - 1806 - 1864 from Webster's Biographical Dictionary
William's son, Leonidas, was a Clergyman and Confederate Army Commander: U.S.M.A.--West Point--I827; resigned commission
1827 and studied Theology; appointed Protestant Episcopal Missionary Bishop of the Southwest - 1838 and Bishop of Louisiana 1841; founder'