Famous Speeches Logan's Lament Speech and Aftermath

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Logan's Lament

I appeal to any white man to say if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not. During the course of the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the whites that my country-men pointed as they passed and said "Logan is the friend of the White Man." I had even thought to live with you but for the injury of one man--Colonel [sic] Cresap who last Spring in cold blood and unprovoked, murdered all the relations of Logan, not sparing even my women and children. There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on me for revenge. I have sought it. I have killed many. I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbor a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one.


Logan's Lament was reprinted in newspapers and schoolbooks throughout the U.S., often without the correct historical background, and his words became part of the folklore of many States, although he really read the letter from under the elm in what is now Logan's State Park in Circleville.

But Logan's story may have been even more tragic than his words reveal--for, at least according to one version, the Indian discovered that his family had not been murdered by white men. It is said that Logan learned that a band of Indians had really massacred his family and realized that his revenge had no meaning at all, that he had injured those innocent of any crime against him. His death 6 years later was the supreme irony. In 1780, after a drunken quarrel, Logan attacked another Indian and was killed by him. The other man turned out to be a nephew unknown to Logan--the last of his once large family.

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