Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Gen Logan in later life
This visual of General Logan suits my feelings about him better that the intimidating wartime photos that are used when he is the subject of an article or a book. We know that the later part of his life is covered in a second volume by James Pickett Jones, John A. Logan, Stalwart Republican from Illinois (1982). At some point, I may try to read that companion to Jones' 1967 Black Jack.
So many of the Lincoln-centered histories describe Illinois' politics in the pre-Civil War era from the Northern viewpoint that I find it illuminating to have Jones writing with more emphasis on the Southern Illinois politician's arguments.
In Logan, we have a politician who switched parties, making for a story that is an especially interesting topic following a hectic presidential election.