Colonel John L. Logan

Colonel John L. Logan was the commander of the Confederate cavalry and mounted infantry forces which operated at the rear of the Union forces throughout the battle and siege of Port Hudson.  Based primarily around Clinton, LA, his troops raided and harassed the Federals, and also also participated in the battle at Plains Store and fought several skirmishes with Colonel Grierson's Union Cavalry.  On June 3rd near Clinton, he defeated and forced to retreat a large cavalry unit led by Grierson which had been sent by Banks to eliminate him.  He served an important intelligence role by supplying information on Federal troop movements and strengths to General Gardner and other Confederate commanders.

John L. Logan was born in South Carolina and was in the mercantile business in Camden, Arkansas before the war.  He enlisted in 1861 and was elected captain, and commanded Co. B of the "Camden Knights" of Ouachita County, Arkansas, which became part of 11th Arkansas Infantry Regiment.  Colonel Logan was commander of the 11th/17th Consolidated Mounted Infantry from March until November of 1863.   He later commanded a brigade under General Albert Johnson.  He was living in New Orleans at the time of the 1870 Census, and reportedly died there of a Cholera epidemic in the 1870's.

 

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