September 6, 2014

Government Officials Fight Violent Duel, Pulaski, 1886



[October 16, 1886] -


SOMERSET, Ky., Oct. 15. -- Henry Bogle, special United States bailiff, and Edward Logan, special United States Commissioner, met in the office of the latter this morning, and after a few words were exchanged both drew their pistols and commenced firing.  Three balls took effect in Bogle's body and two in Logan's, and both are dying.  Bogle and Logan are old revenue officers and prominent citizens of the county. [1]


[October 18, 1886] -

Henry Bogle and T. V. Logan, of Somerset, Ky., fastened themselves up in a room last Friday, took positions on opposite sides of the room and began firing at each other with pistols.  Both were mortally wounded and are dying. [2]


[October 19, 1886] -

TERRIBLE AFFRAY. -- The ill-feeling that has existed between U.S. Commissioner F. V. Logan and Special Bailiff Henry Bogle since their disagreement in regard to one Baker, culminated Friday in a terrible fight in County Attorney Colyer's room at Somerset between the parties.  After few angry words, both drew their pistols and commenced firing at each other.  Three balls took effect in Bogle's body and two in Logan's and the latter's pistol then refusing to work, he seized a hatchet and buried it in the head of his prostrate antagonist, who continued to fire after falling on the floor.  Logan was finally disarmed, when it was found that he was shot in the neck and mouth and also in the back, while in addition to his three other probably moral wounds, Bogle's brains were oozing out of the three gashes in his head.  They were both dead game and fought to the last.  Bogle formerly lived here, and while a quiet man, had the reputation of being a tiger when aroused.  Logan formerly held the position of deputy collector. [3]


[October 19, 1886] -

In a desperate encounter at Somerset Friday, between F. N. Logan, U.S. Commissioner, and Deputy Bailiff Henry Bogle, the latter was mortally wounded and the former seriously shot in the neck.  Both men were game and fought with pistols until they were disabled. [4]


[October 21, 1886] -

Died of His Injuries.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 21.-- Henry Boyle, the special court bailiff, who was wounded in a hand-to-hand combat with Attorney Logan at Somerset, Ky., last Friday, has died of his injuries. Logan is recovering from his wounds. [5]


[October 22, 1886] -

Henry Bogle, who was so terribly wounded in a pistol duel with F. V. Logan at Somerset, lived till Wednesday, when he expired. Logan, though badly wounded, is improving. [6]


[October 27, 1886] -

A bloody affray occurred at Somerset Friday morning between special Bailiff Henry Bogle and U.S. Commissioner F. N. Logan.  They had some trouble a short time ago over a moonshiner named Baker, an account of which was published at the time, and ever since they have not been on good terms.  Friday morning Bogle visited Logan's office for the purpose of looking over some affidavits and the trouble was renewed.  Both drew their pistols, and a deadly conflict ensued n a room 20x60 feet.  Logan shot twice when his pistol failed to work, and he grabbed a hachet and cut Bogle, laying his skull bare.  Bogle fell at the first of the firing, shot through the center of the breast, and the rest of his shots were fired while he was down and had hold of Logan.  Logan was shot in the throat, the ball coming out of his mouth, and near the left shoulder blade, which is only a flesh wound.  Bogle is insensible and can not recover, as either the bullet wound or the gash made by the hatchet would have proved fatal.  Logan's wound is not fatal though it is quite serious and his mouth is badly shattered.  Logan probably saved his own life by getting hold of the hatchet, which happened to be within reach, as Bogle kept on firing after he was down until he was struck on the head.  Both men are "dead game," Logan is cool while Bogle is excitable.  Logan is very quiet, peaceably disposed gentleman, and will avoid a difficulty if he can.  Bogle is somewhat of a bully and has had a great many difficulties.-- Mt. Sterling Gazette. [7]


[March 18, 1887] -

The trial of United States Commissioner Logan, at Somerset, charged with the murder of Deputy Marshal Bogle, on October 15th last, resulted in the acquittal of the accused. [8]


[1] Excerpt from "Crime." Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL. October 16, 1886. Page 3.

[2] Daily Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA. October 18, 1886. Page 2.

[3] "Terrible Affray." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 19, 1886. Page 3. LOC.

[4] Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. October 19, 1886. Page 2. LOC.

[5] "Died of His Injuries." Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ. October 21, 1886. Page: 3.

[6] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 22, 1886. Page 3. LOC.

[7] Hazel Green Herald, Hazel Green, KY. October 27, 1886. Page 4. LOC.

[8] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 18, 1887. Page 2. LOC.


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