Samuel Dalton House in Murphysboro


Samuel Dalton House in Murphysboro


African Americans; African American soldiers; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Logan, John A., Mrs., 1838-1923; Dwellings


Color photograph of the Samuel Dalton House in Murphysboro, Illinois, part of the General John A. Logan Museum. The photograph was taken during the Living History event, October 6, 2018.

Born a slave, Samuel H. Dalton worked as a field hand in Bolivar County, Mississippi. Although technically freed by the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863, he actually gained his freedom by running away from his master and enlisting in the United States Navy July 5, 1863, at White River Station.

Dalton served seven months on the tinclad gunboat Juliet, patrolling the Yazoo River and escorting other ships and troops. While serving on the Juliet, he was promoted from 1st Class Boy to Ordinary Seaman. In April 1864, a Confederate battery attacked the Juliet and several other Union vessels. Heavily damaged, the Juliet was temporarily taken out of service. Her crew was transferred to the USS Hastings, where Dalton served until being discharged at Cairo.

In 1870 Dalton married his first wife, Mary S. Stanton, in Murphysboro, Illinois. After their daughter Georgianna was born in Louisiana, they lived in Carbondale, Illinois. In 1887, Dalton bought a home in Murphysboro for $150 from Mary Logan, wife of John A. Logan and executor of his estate.

In 1891, Dalton joined Grand Army of the Republic Post 728. He married Lumisa Hall on September 21, 1892 at his home in a ceremony performed by his friend and fellow veteran and post member Rev. Henry Guy. Although the couple did not have any of their own children, they raised a foster son named Samuel Brown. Dalton was honored with an obituary in the Murphysboro Independent and is buried in an unmarked grave in Tower Grove Cemetery.


Hamilton-Brehm, Anne Marie, 1970-




I, Anne Marie Hamilton-Brehm, the copyright holder, release this photograph into the public domain.

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Hamilton-Brehm, Anne Marie, 1970-, “Samuel Dalton House in Murphysboro,” SCRC Virtual Museum at Southern Illinois University's Morris Library, accessed May 21, 2024,