In the front of St Paul's Church here in Augusta is a plaque to one of the most important Civil War Generals - Leonidas Polk. This plaque is all that remains of his abandoned and neglected grave - aban-
doned in a special way however, because the man and his wife who rested there for almost a hundred years are no longer interred here in Augusta, and neglected, because very few now know and can tell his story.
General Johnston said of his death:
"The death of this eminent Christian and soldier, who had been distinguished in every battle in which the army of Tennessee had been engaged, produced deep sorrow in our troops.
According to Private Sam Watkins of the Ist Tennessee Infantry, hundreds of Confederate soldiers shed tears when told of [his]... death. He would later be described as a man who "in pulpit and on battlefield, lived up to the tradition of a family that offered itself again and again upon the altar of freedom."
"It was his idea that a man should fight for what he believed ... his was a fighting faith."
Across the balcony Civil War flags still proudly fly, including the Bonnie Blue flag, the Stainless Banner of the Confederacy, and the 1865 Stars and Stripes.
National Park Service article
References: Photos from the St. Paul's website (www.saintpauls.org)