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William Mecklenburg PolkRoster ID 1413
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1863|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Mecklenburg Polk, Class of 1863: Born- August 15, 1844. Matriculated from New Orleans, La. At VMI 2 years. Military Record: Drill Master, Richmond spring 1861, then with CS troops in East Tennessee. Unofficial source says served briefly as Private, 1st Mississippi Cavalry. On November-December 1861 roll as 2nd Lt, Capt W.L. Scott's Company Tennessee Light Artillery (Capt S.B. Bankhead's Company; Company B, Tennessee Artilery Corps; Company B, 1st Tennessee Light Artillery). 1st Lt on July-August 1862 roll. Assigned February 17, 1863 as Assistant Chief of Artillery, Lt Gen L. Polk's (his father's) corps, Army of Tennessee (later Maj Gen W.W. Loring's corps and Lt Gen A.P. Stewart's corps) (may have been detailed to this duty earlier). Assigned as father's Acting Assistant Adjutant General & Inspector General May 12, 1864. Assigned as artillery officer to District of the Gulf (probably late 1864). Ordered to rejoin Army of Tennessee April 7, 1865, but war ended before he could do so. Returned to Alabama and surrendered with troops of Lt Gen Richard Taylor. Signed parole May 12, 1865 at Meridian, Mississippi. Post War Career: MD in 1869 at College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York. Married Ida Lyon. Taught at Bellevue Hospital College and University City of New York as Professor of OBGYN. Dean, Medical College, Cornell University 1910-18. Wrote on medicine and Civil War topics. Died- June 23, 1918.|