“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Murphysboro, Illinois

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Location of Murphysboro, Illinois
    Jackson County (35)
    Franklin County (2)
    Perry County (2)
    Randolph County (63)
    Union County (11)
    Williamson County (7)
    Perry County, Missouri (2)
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1Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — Company H 27th Illinois Infantry
In July 1861, J.D. Wheatley of Duquoin wrote Illinois Governor Richard Yates that a Confederate company was drilling in Murphysboro. A Union officer sent to investigate discovered a group of men in uniforms made of red and white bed ticking drilling . . . Map (db m160953) HM
2Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — Conrad Will of Brownsville
Dr. Conrad Will, the "Father of Jackson County," was born in Pennsylvania in 1779 and came to Illinois in 1813. He was a physician but also operated a grist mill, tannery, and salt works. He was one of the founders of Jackson County and in 1816 . . . Map (db m160951) HM
3Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — Dr. John Logan
Dr. John Logan, born in Ireland in 1788, came to America with his family in 1793. He moved to Jackson County in 1822 where he married Elizabeth Jenkins. Dr. Logan served four terms in the Illinois Legislature and became a friend of Abraham Lincoln. . . . Map (db m161005) HM
4Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — Elizabeth Jenkins Logan
Elizabeth Jenkins, born in 1803 in North Carolina, married Dr. John Logan in 1825. When her son, John A. Logan, joined the Union Army in 1861, Elizabeth refused to speak to him. In this, she reflected the strong Southern feelings held across Egypt, . . . Map (db m161007) HM
5Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — First Coal Mine in Illinois
The first coal mine in Illinois was located one-half mile south of here along the south bank of the Big Muddy River. William Boone and his indentured servant, a man named Peter, loaded a small raft with coal from an outcropping and, after floating . . . Map (db m160955) HM
6Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — George Rogers Clark Campsite
Lt. Col. Clark and his troop of 170 Virginians camped near here on July 2, 1778. It was their third campsite during a march from Fort Massac to Kaskaskia to capture that post from the British. Earlier that day, the troop was lost for a time on . . . Map (db m161008) HM
7Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — Israel Blanchard
In August 1862, federal authorities detained Israel Blanchard, John A. Logan's brother-in-law, as he walked near the court house. Blanchard was subsequently taken to the Logan Hotel, and arrested on vague charges related to alleged anti-war . . . Map (db m161006) HM
8Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — Jackson County, Illinois
On January 10, 1816, Jackson County, created from Randolph and Johnson counties, became Illinois' ninth county. It was named for General (later President) Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans. The county's first seat, Brownsville, was . . . Map (db m160952) HM
9Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — 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, . . . Map (db m119541) HM
10Illinois (Jackson County), Murphysboro — Major General John A. Logan
John A. Logan was born here in 1826. He fought in the Battle of Bullrun as a Democratic U.S. Congressman. Logan joined the Union Army and before the Civil War's end he earned the rank of Major General. Experiences in the war changed Logan from a . . . Map (db m161003) HM
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