General John Logan Monument

Perched atop a steep rise of earth in Grant Park near 9th Street, the Memorial to John A Logan dominates the landscape. Logan is posed with a captured Confederate battle flag in his upraised right arm. He sits atop a marvelously acrobatic horse, with left front foot dramatically raised and head lowered and cocked left, to give the impression almost of a corkscrew motion starting at the rear and rising in a powerful diagonal that is echoed by the flag held aloft.
Photo ©: Jyoti Srivastava


General John Logan Monument




Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) / Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860-1950)


Grant Park


One Chicago’s most unusual installations of a public sculpture is the equestrian-mounted figure of General John A. Logan – a respected Illinois-born Union commander during the Civil War. Placed atop a tall grassy mound, it is one of three works in Chicago by created by the collaboration of noted East Coast sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and equally famed New York City architect Stanford White. The horse was sculpted by Alexander Phimister Proctor, who specialized in the depiction of animals and often was engaged for participation on equestrian sculptures. As a leader and active participant in the Grand Army of the Republic - the principal organization for Union Civil War veterans - Logan was a leader in establishing the national Memorial Day observances. Deservedly respected for his Civil War leadership, General Logan’s background is not without its controversies. His military career began as a soldier volunteer in the Mexican War. In his early career in politically-held office, he allied with Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, and participated in legislation directed towards halting black migration and settlement in Illinois.