Remembering Surgeon Richard Francis Logan of the Fifteenth Kentucky
Richard Francis Logan was born in Shelby County, Kentucky in 1840. He was the son of John Allen Logan, a longtime friend and army associate of Col. Marion Taylor, and Rebecca Bristow. Dr. Logan was promoted from assistant surgeon on July 16, 1863, following the resignation of Dr. Wetherby. He resigned November 27, 1862, in protest of the promotion of Col. James Brown Forman over Marion Taylor to command of the Fifteenth Kentucky, although Logan offered the pretext that “the position I hold in the army requires one of more experience in the medical profession than I have had the opportunity to acquire.” After the war, Doctor Logan helped found the Louisville Medical College and served for a time as professor of anatomy. After failing health forced him to abandon his medical practice, Logan turned to inventing. Doctor Logan died August 4, 1917, at the National Soldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio. Doctor Logan’s wife was the former Lucy Jefferson Lemon, and he was survived by his daughters, Effie, Olivia and Elizabeth Logan, and his sons, Benjamin and Edward Logan. He is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.