Discover how John A. Logan went from small-town lawyer to vice-presidential candidate and before his death to presidential hopeful.
|Focuses on how, not just his parents, but also his residence in “Egypt” (as Southern Illinois was then known) created his ambitions and influenced his beliefs concerning race and politics. It chronicles his courtship and marriage to Mary Cunningham, 12 years his junior. It was not just her beauty that attracted Logan, but her intellect. She became his true partner in business and politics.|
|Tells the story of how Logan embraced his Jacksonian Democratic roots and of his ten year rise from County Clerk of Jackson County to Illinois Representative to U. S. Congressman from Illinois’ Ninth Congressional District. By this time the Democratic “Donkey” was already well known thanks to an 1837 political cartoon by Henry R. Robinson featuring Andrew Jackson. (Tennessee Virtual Archive).|
|“The Civil War” chronicles Logan’s rise from a Colonel leading the 31st Illinois Infantry Regiment to a Major General commanding the Army of the Tennessee. It also tells the story of his wife Mary and her struggles as a “soldier’s wife.” In addition, this section follows the evolution of his personal and political beliefs concerning slavery and the war.|
|“Logan the Republican” follows Logan’s return to politics as a Republican, his involvement in President Johnson’s impeachment, and his creation of Memorial Day as a national holiday. It also covers his failed 1884 Vice Presidential campaign, which was plagued by allusions to his racist past despite Frederick Douglass’ endorsement. In July 1884 Puck Magazine which supported the Democratic Party published this political cartoon titled “John A. Logan in 1859” to remind voters of Logan’s pre-Civil War attitudes. (Logan Museum Collections). It concludes with Logan’s sudden death in 1886. At his death he was considered by some politicians to be the Republican Party’s presumptive 1888 Presidential nominee.|
In 1900 Christopher Columbus, born 1852 in Tennessee, and Anna, born 1862 Ohio, Bullar owned their home at 1613 Edith. largest of four homes.
Chris and Anna were married in Murphysboro in 1879. While this nine-room house is the largest of the three homes the Bullars filled it up. They shared their home with nine children, ranging in age from 19 to four months, and a lodger. Chris was a stone mason, his oldest son a day-laborer and three of the children went to school. Anna had given birth to eleven children only nine of whom survived.
The General John A. Logan Museum is now located in the Bullar House which features a new 1600 square foot addition. Exhibits on the first floor tell the story of General John A. Logan through photographs, portraits, maps, political memorabilia, Logan family heirlooms , and Civil War weapons. The second floor is used as admirative offices.
In 1900 Civil Engineer William F. Hughes, his wife Hallie lived in their mortgaged home at 1603 Edith Street. William, born 1852 Tennessee, and Hallie, born 1853 Ohio, married in 1878 in Carbondale. Sharing their home were their sons George (18) who worked as a day-laborer and Frank (15) who was still in school. The Hughes had lost two children one of who was their first-born daughter Stella.
The interior of the Hughes is used to house print making facilities and is open to the public by appointment.
To visit the Bostick Cemetery…take Hwy 127 south from Murphysboro. Turn right on Orchard Hills Road and follow the Shawnee Wine Trail. The cemetery is located on the left, on a private lane about 1/4 mile past the Murdale water tower.
In December 1865 Dudley Bostick, Hardin Bostick, and Issac Morgan arrived in Murphysboro and established the city’s African-American community. All three men were former slaves and had become friends after joining the Union Navy on Emancipation Day (January 1, 1863) at Memphis, Tennessee, and being assigned to the U.S.S. General Bragg, a steamer in the Mississippi Squadron of the U.S. Navy. Stephen Bostick, Hardin’s brother and also a Bragg crew member, joined them by January 1866.
The Bosticks, all from Williamson County, Tennessee, became successful farmers and established a loose knit community, the Bostick Settlement, about 51/2 miles southeast of Murphysboro. This community grew and prospered and attracted other related families from Williamson County. In time the Bostick Settlement had its own school, church, and cemetery.
When denied membership in Murphysboro’s Worthen Post #127 Grand Army of the Republic, the Bosticks became charter members of Murphysboro’s Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 727 (Colored). By 1900 Post No. 727 had disbanded and its members integrated with Post No.127 where Stephen Bostick would even serve as an officer as the aging Civil War veterans realized that there was more that connect the old comrades than separated them.
All that remains to testify to these pioneering families is their cemetery.