General Order No 11

 

 

 

Plaques honoring John A. Logan’s General Order No. 11 issued May 5, 1868 can be found from Boston to Los Angeles. Logan issued this order, also known as his "Memorial Day Order" while Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic.  This order established Memorial Day as a national holiday.  The plaques were placed from 1926 to at least the early 1940s.

                                                             

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   Located in Jackson County Courthouse

  Murphysboro Illinois

                                                                                                       

                                                   
 

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The National Woman’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, Inc., was organized on July 25 and 26, 1883 in Denver, Colorado at the request of the GAR.  It was incorporated by Public Act of the 87th Congress on September 7, 1962.

 

 

 

 

 

In 1925, Mary "Dollie" Logan, General Logan's daughter, suggested to the Woman's Relief Corps (WRC), an auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic, (GAR) that they place plaques engraved or embossed with General Order # 11 in various sites throughout the Nation.  The WRC began to place plaques honoring Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and General Order No. 11 in every state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An article in a 1927 Decatur (Illinois) Evening Herald does not give a date but states that the first plaques cast were placed in the Piatt County, Illinois Court House in Monticello, Illinois.  The article also announced a plaque dedication in the Macon County court House in Decatur on the morning of April 6, 1927, and a second dedication in the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield that afternoon.
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The museum is still searching for the date the marble plaque honoring Logan's General Order No. 11 was placed in the Memorial Amphitheater. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1926, John b. Inman, Commander of the Department of Illinois GAR, announced that the War Department had authorized the placement of a Logan Memorial Day tablet at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington national Cemetery.  The WRC agreed to cover the costs of this marker.  A decade passed and nothing was done.  In 1936, Congress passed a resolution authorizing its placement.  Two additonal decades passed and nothing happened.  Mrs. Augusta Milligan, the dinner speaker at the Carbondale Illinois Business and Professional Women's Club March 1956 meeting, urged its members to "reactivate" the project.  Milligan, who had worked on the staff of Illinois Senator Paul Douglas "for a number of years" reported the designs for the plaque had been prepared by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts - but it had never been installed. 

 

                                                                                        

                                      
                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no complete record of how many Logan Memorial Day markers were placed or log of their locations.  The General John A Logan Museum invites the public to join a nationwide 'Scavenger Hunt' to locate and photograph the markers that still exist.  Keep an eye out for them as you travel! 

 

 

 

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Please contact the museum if you locate one.

 

Join the “Scavenger Hunt” and help the museum discover more about Logan and the story of Memorial Day!  If you send us a photo of one of the markers we have not yet catalogued, we will send to you a Centennial Logan Days bookmark souvenir! 

 
     

 

 
     

 

 
  Alabama   

 

 
  Alaska   

 

 
  Arizona   

 

 
  Arkansas   

 

 
 

California 

Los Angeles in 1927 in Bob Hope Patrictic Hall 

Sacramento in 1928 in Capitol Rotunda 

 

 

 
 

Colorado

Denver in 1927 on the State Capitol grounds 

 

 

 
  Connecticut   

 

 
  Delaware  

 

 
 

Florida

Miami in 1929 in Woodlawn Cemetery

 

 

 
 

Georgia

Andersonville in 1929 Andersonville National Historic           Site

 

 

 
  Hawaii      
 

Idaho

Boise in 1928 in State Capitol Building

     
 

Illinois

Chicago in ? in the Chicago Public Library

Decatur in 1927 in the Macon County Court House

Monticello in 1926 in the Piatt County Court House

Murphysboro in 1930 in the Jackson County Court            House

New Salem in 1940 now in the Illinois State Military        Museum in Springfield

Springfield in 1927 in the State Capitol Building

 

     
  Indiana      
 

Iowa

Des Moines in 1927 in the State Capitol Rotunda

Iowa City in ? on the grounds of the Johnson County         Court House

     
  Kansas      
  Kentucky      
 

Louisiana

Jennings in 1927 in the Carnegie Library

     
  Maine      
  Maryland      
 

Massachusetts

Andover in 1928 in the Memorial Hall Library 

Boston in 1928 in the State House

     
 

Michigan

Grand Rapids in ? location not known

Lansing in 1929 in the State Capitol rotunda

     
  Minnesota      
  Mississippi      
  Missouri