(1758–1834) Revolutionary War army officer. The North Carolinian supported at a young age the cause of independence, and after Lexington and Concord (both 1775) he joined the 3rd South Carolina Regiment, charged with keeping watch over area Loyalists. In March 1777 he joined Gen. George Washington's troops in New Jersey and fought at Brandywine (1777) and Germantown (1777). After serving with several different units, Polk became a lieutenant colonel in the 4th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment. He fought with distinction at Eutaw Springs (1781) and remained with the South Carolina militia for the rest of the war.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.