Bishop-General Leonidas Polk graduated from West Point in 1827. He then left the army to become an Episcopal priest. His long time friend, Jefferson Davis, persuaded him to put on the Confederate gray on June 25, 1861, with a starting rank of Major General. He retained his office as Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana and was the only high-ranking member of the clergy to die instantly from an artillery shell. He was hit and killed at Pine Mountain, Georgia on June 24, 1864.
Both the North and South were in the grips of economic recessions before the war began. Army pay, as meager as it was, did attract jobless recruits on both sides. Union privates marched and fought for a mere $13.00. Rebel privates were recruited for $11.00.
Frank C. Armstrong was the only general office to fight for both sides. Armstrong held the rank of captain for the Union Army. He rose to the rank of brigadier when under the Confederate flag.
"Tell my wife that I am shot, but we fought like hell."
~ William Barksdale
July 2, 1863
The Battle of Gettysburg
He died the next day of his wound