Chief Logan: An Anthology
Chief Logan was one of the most enigmatic Indians of his time. The son of a great Iroquoian chief, Jefferson would call him the greatest orator of the 18th century. And yet this once great, kind and gentle friend of whites and spiritual leader of his people would see his life spiral downward; committing him to wander his remaining years on the frontier a tortured and broken man.
There are three sections to this book: Logan the Mingo by Franklin B. Sawvel (1921) explains Logan’s life in an easy and understanding way; Tah-Gah-Jute or Logan and Captain Michael Cresap by Brantz Mayer (1851) endeavors to explain the Cresap/Greathouse controversy and how Logan came to lay the blame for his family's murders at the hands of Michael Cresap when in fact the Greathouse gang was responsible, this tragic turn of events led to "Logan’s Lament," the most famous words ever spoken by an American Indian; and Chief Logan: Friend, Foe or Fiction by Ron Wenning (1997) uncovers who the real Chief Logan really was. Logan’s last years would be filled with melancholy and sadness and he would be destined to wander the Ohio Frontier a broken and dejected man. His life had come full circle. From his days as a child roaming the Buffalo Valley on the Susquehanna’s West Branch, Logan was reduced at the end to begging for whiskey among the officers at Ft. Detroit, somehow comforting his tormented soul in death. (212pp. hardcover. Wennawoods Pub., 2006 reprint.)
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