James W. Logan reenlists as “Veteran Volunteer,” Big Black River, Mississippi, 1864

James W. Logan was the son of Carroll Bias Logan and Lucinda “Lucy” Ann Venable Logan. He enlisted 15 August 1861 and served in Co. A, 31st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, U.S. (Union). James W. Logan was from Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois. In camp at Big Black River, Mississippi, three-fourths of the men reenlisted as “Veteran Volunteers.” For reenlisting, the soldiers got a bonus and — perhaps most importantly — a furlough. James W. Logan had another incentive. He had been court martialed. Major General McPherson issued an order which offered a “release from all arrests…and from all charges and specifications which may have been filed….” Because James W. Logan reenlisted, “the sentence of said Court Martial [was] remitted.”

James W. Logan was a corporal. Of the eight corporals in the 31st Illinois, one was discharged for disability; one was transferred; one was wounded and discharged; one was killed at Fort Donelson; and another was discharged for wounds.

James W. Logan: 1840-1917

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