November 2, 2009
Lucius Polk, a native of North Carolina, moved near Helena (Phillips County) in 1852. When the Civil War began in 1861, he enlisted as a private in the Confederate Arkansas infantry company known as the Yell Rifles. Before the end of the war, he rose to the rank of brigadier general, one of seven Confederate generals to hail from the Helena area. He died in 1892 and is buried at Ashwood near Columbia, Tennessee.