Murphysboro in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Logan Day 1914
Murphysboro celebrated its first Logan Day on August 3, 1914. This was Illinois’ second Logan Day, the first occurred in Chicago in 1897. Logan Day brought 25,000 people to Murphysboro. Among the attendees were Illinois Governor Edward F. Dunne, who dedicated a monument at Logan’s birthplace, and Logan’s daughter Mary Logan Tucker.
The 4th Regiment of the Illinois National Guard traveled to Murphysboro to be a part of the event, arriving by train, they acted as the Guard of Honor as Gov. Dunne dedicated the cornerstone of what was hoped to be a museum to Logan and America’s volunteer soldiers.
Erected 2014 by Jamie Jones Ingram, General John A. Logan Museum, and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 3, 1914.
Location. 37° 45.854′ N, 89° 20.111′ W. Marker is in Murphysboro Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Walnut Street, Murphysboro IL 62966, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conrad Will of Brownsville (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John Logan (a few steps from this marker); Israel Blanchard (a few steps from this marker); Jackson County, Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Company H 27th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); First Coal Mine in Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Jenkins Logan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General John A. Logan (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphysboro.
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1. Logan Day in Murphysboro. Major General John A. Logan was born in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1826. He would go on to become the co-founder and first commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a US representative, US Senator, and General Ulysses S. Grant's "favorite officer." Every year in Murphysboro, Illinois, a celebration is held honoring General Logan and his contributions to the Civil War and the (Submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Who Was John A. Logan?. He was: General Grant's favorite officer, one of Illinois' most powerful Senators, Founder of Memorial Day as a national holiday, and Mark Twain's favorite public speaker... or as historian Gary Ecelbarger has said, "John A. Logan may be the most noteworthy nineteenth century American to escape notice in the twenty-first century." (Submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Murphysboro makes history with markers. Published by The Southern: on May 24, 2014, six markers were dedicated in Murphysboro. All were erected by the Illinois State Historical Society. (Submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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