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Posted on Jan 29, 2007 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Logan’s Company

By Paul Glasser

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The soldiers of Logan’s Company also performed several field drills. The day was capped off by a battle-field drill. The company marched across a large, grassy field and fired several volleys as they engaged their imaginary enemy. The audience was situated on a hill at the end of the field, and as they approached them, the soldiers lowered the bayonets and gave a hearty yell.


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The formation represents the company as it would have existed in March, 1777. The company was commanded by Capt. Benjamin Logan, who arrived in Kentucky County (then part of Virginia) in 1775. He constructed Logan’s Fort near St. Asaph, Ky., and was Sheriff of Fincastle County.

In 1777, Fort Logan came under an extended siege by Native American tribes and the militia defended the settlement against raids. Several militiamen were killed and wounded during the battle. Logan himself attempted to rescue a wounded man who had been left behind, but his body had already been scalped and mutilated.

Some of the soldiers also served with George Rogers Clark before Logan led them on an attack. Logan and his men made an unsuccessful raid on native settlements near Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1779. Very few enemies were killed and only a small amount of war booty was seized. The horses, blankets and trade goods there were recovered were sold at the Ohio River to pay the militias.

Currently, the militia is a member of the Northwest Alliance and is organized under the southwest Ohio region. Members drill and perform tactical demonstrations throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.


Locust Grove park is home to the mansion of William Croghan, an Irish immigrant who came to Kentucky as a surveyor. His partner was George Rogers Clark, and he would eventually marry his sister Lucy. Croghan had previously fought with the 8th Virginia Regiment in the war for independence from Britain.

He built his Georgian-style mansion in 1790 and farmed 55 acres of land near Louisville. The structure survived a minor earthquake in 1811 and a tornado in 1883. The mansion is registered as a national historic landmark.

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