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Murphysboro in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Logan Day 1914

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
1. Logan Day 1914 Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
Location. 37° 45.854′ N, 89° 20.111′ W. Marker is in Murphysboro, Illinois, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street (Illinois Route 149) and South 11th Street, on the right when traveling east on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Jackson County Courthouse grounds, beside the flag pole, at the southeast corner of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Walnut Street, Murphysboro IL 62966, United States of America.
 
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Logan Day 1914 Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
2. Logan Day 1914 Marker (wide view)

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 holiday we now know as Memorial Day. Known by many as the "founder of Memorial Day," Logan didn't actually come up with the idea; what he did was put it down on paper. (Submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. General John A. Logan, Memorial Day founder. Following the Civil War, Logan was instrumental in the founding of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a veterans group comprised of former Union Army soldiers, and served as the GAR’s second elected national commander. On 3 March 1868, Logan issued General Order No. 11, which called for a national day of remembrance for Civil War dead. This order served as the basis for what became the national holiday of Memorial Day. (Submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Who Was John A. Logan?. He was: General Grant's favorite officer, one of Illinois' most powerful Senators, Founder
Logan Day 1914 Marker (<i>wide view; marker by flag pole; Jackson County Courthouse background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
3. Logan Day 1914 Marker (wide view; marker by flag pole; Jackson County Courthouse background)
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.) 

4. John A. Logan - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on July 2, 2018, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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