The site of Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk’s death by a Union cannonball is marked by a memorial pillar and is surrounded by a quiet neighborhood in what is now Kennesaw.
Though the Civil War ended in 1865, the sound of rifle blasts rang out once more near the spot where the respected general took his last breath 153 years ago.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp 1446 gathered at the spot as they do every year to pay honor to the fallen leader.
About two dozen participants marked the occasion with costumes, gunfire, prayer and a keynote speech from a man who referred to himself only as the Rev. Archibald Everhart, the wartime chaplain to Polk’s staff officers who died in 1899.
The man, who told the MDJ he has been coming to the ceremony since 1864, said he comes to pay tribute to a true hero.
“The blood of a hero baptized this mountaintop, and the baptism still resonates to this day,” he said.
Polk was reportedly well-loved by his troops and others from the South, in part because he was a man of deep religious faith. He was a bishop in the Episcopal Church in addition to being a military leader….