Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Logans in:
 • US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
 • Washington
 • District of Columbia
 • District Of Columbia
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
John Alexander Logan
Birth: Feb. 9, 1826
Death: Dec. 27, 1886

Politician and Civil War figure. In his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (a Civil War veterans organization) he issued General Order No. 11 of May 5, 1868 which established "Decoration Day," now known as "Memorial Day," as a national holiday. Born in Murphysboro, Illinois, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant during the Mexican War (1846 to 1848) with the 1st Illinois Infantry; then completed a law degree at Louisville University and entered politics rising from county clerk to U.S. Congressman for Illinois; left Congress in 1862 and formed a Union Civil War unit, the 31st Illinois Volunteers, which he commanded as a colonel and then rose to major general fighting in eight major campaigns, finally commanding the entire Union forces at the Battle of Atlanta (considered by many to be the premier volunteer general of the Civl War); returned to Congress in 1867 until elected senator from Illinois in 1871, serving until his death. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1884. (bio by: Fred Beisser) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan (1838 - 1923)*
 
 Children:
  John Cunningham Logan (1856 - 1857)*
  Mary Logan Tucker (1858 - 1940)*
  John Alexander Logan (1865 - 1899)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 1653
John Alexander Logan
Added by: Larry Chenault
 
John Alexander Logan
Added by: Ron Williams
 
John Alexander Logan
Added by: Ron Williams
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

God bless you dear ancestor. I am proud of how you served our country during the Civil War. Thanks for your hand in creating Memorial Day in honor of all veterans.
- Beverly Smith Harker
 Added: May. 29, 2014

- OkieBran
 Added: Feb. 9, 2014
There is an entire group of John Logan family photos and personal letters for sale on Ebay.
-Anonymous
 Added: Jul. 25, 2013
There are 76 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.9 after 36 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service