The origins of Memorial Day can be traced back to John A Logan. John Logan was born on February 9th, 1826 in Murphysboro IL. He was a politician, but he also served with great success as an officer during the Civil War. Logan fought at Bull Run, Vicksburg, the Battle of Belmont and was wounded during action at Fort Donelson. For his leadership ability and dedication to duty, Logan was ultimately promoted to Major General in the spring of 1863.
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While on foot patrol with his men, Travis stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The resulting explosion was devastating and left Travis severely wounded. He lost both legs at the knee, his right arm above the elbow and his left arm below the elbow. Three of Travis' men were also injured in the blast, and in the aftermath, his first thoughts were of their safety instead of his own.