RE: [civilwarwest] Re: Was Logan dissed for higher command?
In the interest of full disclosure, Logan fought at Blackburn’s Ford on July 19, two days before First Bull Run. He helped evacuate wounded from that affair and was in in Washington on the 21st. You can read about it here:
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Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Was Logan dissed for higher command?
--- In civilwarwest@ yahoogroups. com, "Carl Williams" <carlw4514@. ..>
> Finished the book "Black Jack: John A. Logan and Southern Illinois
> the Civil War Era" I Recommend it.generals."
> The author discusses whether Logan was unjustly passed over as a
> replacement for McPherson when he was KIA. Interestingly, he gave
> Sherman's views on what he didnt like about "political
> Seems that there is more to it than unthinking prejudice. IFrom the moment he picked up a musket and fought as a citizen at
> loaned the book to someone, so can't quote from it, but
> basically Sherman just felt that these guys typically just weren't
> full time. He was especially resentful when they would go
> home to campaign for reelection just as things were critical
> in the field.
First Bull Run, Logan was sold on military life. He loved being in
the field and would have remained in the field. It was only a direct
request from the POTUS himself that sent Logan home to campaign.
I think there's a lot of smoke and misdirection when it comes to
Sherman's decision ... didn't Sherman blame it on Thomas? Another
Sherman correspondence, IIRC, claimed that Logan didn't pay close
enough attention to logistics. I'm not sure I have ever seen an
analysis that supports any of these assertions sufficiently.
Just my opinion, I believe Logan was mentored by the best in the
business (McPherson) and deserved a shot at army command.