There is a nice infographic circulating about the history of logistics & SCM, according to which logistics education on the university level started as early as 1919. Here it comes (click on it to get to the original site):
The infographic puts the origins of logistics to about 1898, which our French friends may contest when referring to Napoleon’s general Antoine Henri de Jomini who allegedly coined the term as early as 1838. Military logistics, that is, even still referred to on the website of the French defence. Here are some nice quotes (in English) to him and also others about logistics. Enjoy!