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  The answer to the question of whether or not General Logan served in the U.S. Army when he was also a Congressman (Democrat from Illinois) depends on what date he resigned his Congressional seat. There seems to be conflicting information about when that took place.

   This source says that General Logan resigned his seat in the spring of 1861. That would be before raising the 31st Illinois Volunteers ( The regiment was mustered into federal service on 18 September 1861) and being commissioned a colonel. (And before fighting at First Manassas as a civilian volunteer two months earlier).

General John A. Logan   If this source is correct, then General Logan was not a Congressman and an Army officer at the same time.

   But then when you read his Congressional biography, it says that he resigned his seat in Congress in April of 1862. If that is true, then he was still a Congressman after organizing the 31st Illinois Volunteers and serving as its colonel. It would mean that he was still a member of Congress when he fought at Belmont and Ft. Donelson, and that he only resigned from Congress after being made a BG, USV in March of 1862.

LOGAN, John Alexander - Biographical Information

   To confuse the matter further, this source says that General Logan fought at First Manassas as a civilian in July of 1861, then resigned from the Congress before raising the 31st Illinois two months later. If this is true, then he was not a Congressman and an Army officer at the same time.

John A. Logan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

   So, different sources give at least three different dates for the resignation of General Logan's Congressional seat. The answer to the question depends on what the actual date of resignation was. Obviously, at least two of the ones given here are wrong.

 


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