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John C. Logan Unit: Introductoin

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This lesson plan highlights John C. Logan and his contributions to Texas History. In November 1835, a young man named John C. Logan left his home in Kentucky and set out for Texas. Logan was seeking adventure as a volunteer soldier in the fight for Texas independence and an opportunity to improve his fortunes. As Logan and other volunteers made their way south, Texas settlers were on the verge of full-scale revolution against the government of Mexico. Using Logan’s letters and other primary source documents from the General Land Office Archives, students will learn about the last months of Logan’s life and his enduring legacy as a true Texas hero. In November 1835, a young man named John C. Logan left his home in Kentucky and set out for Texas. Logan was seeking adventure as a volunteer soldier in the fight for Texas independence and an opportunity to improve his fortunes. As Logan and other volunteers made their way south, Texas settlers were on the verge of full-scale revolution against the government of Mexico. In the months following his arrival in Texas, Logan would travel the length of the settled areas. His letters to friends and relatives back home reflected his thoughts and feelings about Texas as he and the other soldiers prepared to meet the Mexican army. Logan also experienced the hardships of a common soldier and would ultimately meet his fate at Goliad, one of 342 men massacred on orders from Santa Anna. His story would have ended there had his personal letters not been discovered at the Texas General Land Office. Using Logan’s letters and other primary source documents from the General Land Office Archives, students will learn about the last months of Logan’s life and his enduring legacy as a true Texas hero. The following activities were created to introduce students to the life and times of John C. Logan. Each lesson was created as a “stand alone” activity but the teacher may want to incorporate all five lessons as a unit. UNIT OVERVIEW ★ PART I: OPPORTUNITY – Analyze a primary source parallel using Logan’s December 1835 letter. ★ PART II: The finest Country – Create a timeline of Logan’s journey through Texas based on information from his letters. ★ PART III: some hard times – Describe how Logan’s life changed in the two months between December 1835 and February 1836. ★ PART IV: 24th FEBY 1836 – Compare Logan’s letter to the more famous letter written on the same day. ★ PART V: If I SHOULD FALL IN BATTLE – Learn how the government of Texas kept its promise to Logan and his heirs.
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