Southern Illinois Civil War – Memorial Day Tradition


LoganGeneral John A. Logan Museum
1613 Edith St, Murphysboro IL 62966

Museum is devoted to the life of Gen. John A. Logan, a popular politician before the war, good general during the war, and advocate for veterans following the war. He is credited with establishing the Memorial Day tradition. Open Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–4 pm, Sunday 1–4 pm (June–August); Tuesday–Sunday 1–4 pm (September–May). $2/adult.



Customs House Museum

14th and Washington, Cairo IL 62914

Civil War exhibits on the first floor of this museum include a replica of the gunboat USS Cairo, which was built here and sunk by a Confederate torpedo in 1862, and the desk used by U.S. Grant when he was here early in the war. A Rodman gun and a gunboat anchor are outdoor exhibits. Open Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–5 pm. $7/adult.