Colonel John A. Logan
John Alexander Logan was born Feb.9, 1826 in southern Illinois in an area that would later be known as Murphysboro. He had no formal education until he was 13 years old when his father sent him to Shiloh Academy where he spent 3 years. He joined the Army to fight in the war with Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lt. , and was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps but saw no action. When the war was over, he returned home and finished his education at Louisville University, graduating with a Law degree and becoming a prominent attorney. After a couple of years, he entered politics. He served as county clerk, District prosecutor, State Representative, and U.S. Congressman. At the first battle of Bull Run he participated as a civilian. He then returned home, raised the 31st ILL. Volunteer Regiment, and became its Colonel. In March of 1862, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General at the urging of General Grant. In late March of 1863, he was promoted to Major General, again upon the recommendation of General Grant. He was put in command of the 3rd Division of the newly formed 17th Corps, under the command of General McPherson. When McPherson is killed during the battle of Atlanta, Gen. Logan assumed temporary command of the 17th Corps.When General W.T. Sherman is elevated to command of the Army of the Tennessee, Logan was given command of Sherman’s 15th Corps. By the end of the war, Logan is promoted to the command of the Army of the Tennessee. After the war he is offered the rank of Brigadier General in the regular Army but instead returns to civilian Life. He regained his seat in Congress and is instrumental in the formation of the Grand Army of The Republic. As it’s 3rd Commander-in-Chief, he issues his famous General Order # 11 on May 5th 1868 that creates Decoration Day. Two weeks later he introduces legislation in Congress that makes May 30 a national holiday. He later became a US Senator and was an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President in the 1884 election. He passed away on December 26, 1886 and is buried in the Soldiers and Airman’s cemetery in Washington.
John Logan is portrayed by Ray Sulger, a life member of the Son’s of Union Veterans of the Civil War and an officer in the Sons of Veterans Reserve serving as Adjutant in the Delaney Delacy Guard. He is a US Army and Vietnam veteran who strongly believes in preserving history. His wife, Mary Rose, shares his passion for Living History, and portrays John Logan’s wife, Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan.
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