Thursday, March 22, 2018


Marker Details

Historical Marker:

Major General John A. Logan

The marker is located on the grounds of the Gen. John A. Logan Museum, 1613 Edith Street, Murphysboro.
Dedication Date:
Dedication By:
General John A. Logan Attendance Center, The General John A. Logan Museum, and The Illinois State Historical Society.

Marker Description:
John A. Logan was born here in 1826. He fought in the Battle of Bull Run as a Democratic Congressman. Logan joined the Union Army and before the Civil War's end he earned the rank of Major General. Experiences in the war changed Logan from a supporter of slavery to a champion of equal rights for African Americans. After the Civil War Logan returned to Congress as a Republican. He served three terms in the U.S. Senate and was a Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in 1884. Logan died in Washington, D.C. in 1886. His greatest legacy is the creation of Memorial Day as a national holiday.

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