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George Logan Collection

Identifier: MS-2172

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Perhaps the most informative items in this collection are the six letters that George Logan wrote to his sister, Ann, and to his brother, William, between September 3, 1862 and January 14, 1863. George's letters to Ann cover a wide variety of topics. He speaks to her of money that he has sent home, who in the regiment is sick, what he has heard of various of their mutual friends, and troop movements. George's letters to William (who was serving with Company E of the 46th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry) tend to cover more overtly military topics. For example, George speaks to him extensively of various commanders and their individual styles along with his generally negative opinions of these officers' ability. These letters also include various pieces of gossip about mutual friends, news of the 24th Wisconsin, and George's hopes that William is well.

This collection also contains two newspaper clippings. One gives the lyrics to a poem entitled De Massa Ob De Sheepfol', and the other describes the observance of the anniversary of the decoration of the graves of the honored dead [both Union and Confederate] of the late war in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 12, 1877.


  • 1862-1877

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This collection consists of six letters and two newspaper clippings dealing with George Logan and his service with the 24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War.

Biographical/Historical Note

George M. Logan was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in approximately 1842. His family settled in a small farming town named Eagle, Wisconsin when George was about ten years old. George was the second of six children: his siblings were William (born in 1841), John (born in 1844), Robert (born in 1846), Ann (born in 1849), and Paul (born in 1856). His mother and oldest brother worked on the family farm, which provided them with a respectable income.

At the age of 18, George joined the 24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He mustered into Company A on August 15, 1862. The unit saw its first major action in the pursuit of General Braxton Bragg to Crab Orchard, Kentucky, between October 1 and 16, 1862. They then moved to Nashville and served there until December 26, 1862. They next participated in actions around Murfreesboro until June of 1863. They were subsequently assigned to the Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign from June 23 to July 7, 1863, and to the Chickamauga (Georgia) Campaign from August 16 to September 22, 1863. George himself was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863), and died of his wounds on October 14, 1863 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in February of 2005.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA