Looking for Logan!
Help Us Find this Famous General, Senator, and Presidential Candidate!
As one historian has said, "John A. Logan is the most important person from the 19th century completely forgotten in this one."
But if you take the time to look around, look more closely, their are faint impressions from the life of Logan in plain sight in every town large and small.
In the news of late there has been much talk about how well we may or may not be taking good care of our Veterans from recent wars. Logan was a vocal advocate for providing health care and assistance not only to our very deserving veterans of the Civil War but also providing for their widows or orphans. Legislation he wrote has lead directly to the modern V.A.
His name is listed as a street name in many major cities from Denver to Chicago, especially towns that grew rapidly after the Civil War. Yes, there may be other locally famous folks named Logan, but if the street is near Grant or Sherman Avenue then it is named for General John A Logan.
Countless military cemeteries have a bronze plaque with his famous General Order Number 11 creating Memorial Day as a National Holiday.
Statues can be found in Washington D.C. and Chicago’s Logan Squares; even in southern cities like Vicksburg, MS and Raleigh, N.C. there are Logan statues.
Because he was an advocate for the United States Geological Survey there is a mountain named for him and maybe a salamander.
Please help us find General Black Jack Logan wherever he may be.
Send us a picture, the exact location, a 50-100 word description, your name and e-mail. If you are the first to post we will send you a free ticket to our museum and your name will be entered into a drawing for a prize! Check back often to see if your contribution has been posted.
To get the ball rolling here are a few of my favorite places to find General Logan:
The G.A.R. Hall
416 Hamilton Blvd
This marble bust of General John A Logan was carved by master sculptor Fritz Triebel for the Chicago Worlds Fair. Like Michelangelo, Triebel grew up carving tombstones. He was given a full scholarship to study in Florence where he established a studio. He has made many monuments for Civil War battlefields, including Gettysburg and Shiloh. This bust of Logan was carved of Carrara marble, displayed in Chicago and then given the Peoria G.A.R. It is slightly larger than life size and has a solid, stern, and bold appearance.
The Cyclorama and Civil War Museum
in Atlanta, Georgia’s Grant Park
near Zoo Atlanta
Opening Fall 2017 @
Atlanta History Center
In a recent visit I was stunned to NOT hear Logan’s name in the required 20 minute video that you watch before you enter the Atlanta Cyclorama. It is a great video, but Logan’s role in the creation is downplayed in the film. When you see the largest oil painting ever done, Logan’s image, astride his black stallion, is front and center. The narrator of The Cyclorama gives Logan his due as the one who lead the charge when McPherson was shot from his horse. The Cyclorama was actually commissioned by Logan as a unique campaign poster in his planned bid for the presidency. But as I was researching the details I found out that The Cyclorama is now closed so it can be moved to better quarters at The Atlanta History Center. I will meet you in Atlanta for the rededication in the fall of 2017!