Back to top

Major-General Leonidas Polk, CSA, Report on the Battle at Belmont, November 7, 1861

Leonidas Lafayette Polk, detail
A Union force of two brigades under Brigadier-General Ulysses S. Grant, escorted by U.S. Naval gunboats, had moved down river to attack Confederate concentrations around Columbus, Kentucky. They attacked the Confederates at Belmont on the opposite side of the river to Columbus. The Union troops overran the camp, burned equipment, and returned to their transports. General Grant made a detailed report of the combat on November 12, 1861 and claimed victory. Major-General Leonidas Polk, commanding Confederate forces in the district, made a very different report on the evening of the fight to his own headquarters. Polk claimed that he drove away the Union forces and that they suffered heavy losses. The Battle of Belmont was considered in all Confederate government communications from then on as a Southern victory. (By John Osborne)

Tabs

How to Cite This Page: "Major-General Leonidas Polk, CSA, Report on the Battle at Belmont, November 7, 1861," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/38190.