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Black Jack Logan: An Extraordinary Life in Peace and War

by Ecelbarger, Gary
Publisher: The Globe Pequot Press
Retail Price: $22.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 159228566X

The Civil War altered the attitudes of numerous Americans, none more so than John Alexander Logan. Dubbed Black Jack for his swarthy complexion, Logan began his life in the public arena as a Democratic congressman from Illinois and a fierce defender of the Fugitive Slave Law. The horrors of the Civil War, however, compelled him to reexamine his values and convinced him not only to denounce the institution of slavery but to fight alongside Union infantrymen. Logan's service under both Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant helped galvanize his political career, as he championed the rights of women and African Americans until his untimely death in December 1886.

review of Black Jack Logan: An Extraordinary Life in Peace and War, by Ecelbarger, Gary, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).