Reuben Logan and Joseph Allen, privates, Co. D, 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, U.S. (Union), 1864-1865: Muster and Descriptive Roll

Reuben Logan, son of Carroll Bias Logan and Lucinda “Lucy” Venable Logan, was born 17 August 1845 in Perry County, Illinois. After the Civil War in 1870, he married Anna Guthrie Maxwell. Anna’s first husband, Lt. William B. Maxwell, had served in the same company and regiment as Reuben Logan. William Maxwell was killed in the Battle for Atlanta 28 July 1864. He and Anna had been married a little over five months.

Margaret Jane Logan, daughter of William Logan and Matilda Thackston / Thaxton Logan, married Lewis K. Allen. Lewis Allen was killed by a horse 4 January 1861 in Washington County, Illinois. Margaret J. Logan Allen then married Lewis’ brother, Joseph Allen.

Reuben Logan and Joseph Allen both enlisted in Co. D, 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Reuben was 29; Joseph Allen, 30. Reuben Logan made it through the war unscathed; however, Joseph Allen was wounded by a shell 13 December 1864 while engaged in the assault on Fort McAllister at Savannah, Georgia. His left arm was amputated. He was discharged because of disability 23 March 1865. Joseph, Margaret, and their children moved to Cherokee County, Kansas. The History of Cherokee co., Kansas has a detailed biography of Joseph’s Civil War service.

Below is the Muster and Descriptive Roll for Company D, Forty Eighth Infantry, enumerating both Joseph Allen and Reuben Logan.

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