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Old Abe at the Wisconsin State Capitol (Third)

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DESCRIPTION

Old Abe, the eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, posed on a cannon with the third Wisconsin State Capitol in the background. From 1864 until his death in 1881, Old Abe was kept in the Capitol building.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 7536

Creation Date: 1875 ca.

Creator Name: Bennett, Henry Hamilton, 1843-1908

City: Madison

County: Dane

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Album 17 (The Civil War--Old Abe, Wisconsin Civil War Eagle)

Genre: Photograph

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Aside from Governor Robert M. La Follette, Sr., Old Abe was the most famous personality associated with the third Capitol. Maude Keene Gill saw Old Abe in his quarters in the Capitol basement shortly before his death. "The ceiling appropriately painted blue, with white stars, and the bars which separated his commodious home from the hall alternate red and blue...He was anything but a pleasant bird, glowering at his many visitors with evident dislike." This photograph of Old Abe patriotically posed was distributed widely as part of a stereograph series by H.H. Bennett.

SUBJECTS

Animals

Birds

Cities and towns

Civil War, 1861-1865

Flags

Human settlements

Mascots

Military art and science

Ordnance

Outdoor photography

Patriotism

Persons

Political science

Signs and symbols

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