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Odd Wisconsin Archive

A True Bird of Prey


Dateline: Eau Claire, Sept. 6, 1861. On this date the Eighth Wisconsin Infantry set out for the front carrying Old Abe the War Eagle. Because today (April 26th) is the birthday of John James Audubon, we thought it fitting to profile Wisconsinís most famous bird. The facts about Old Abe are fairly straightforward, but a bird that survived three years of foot travel, camp life, gunshots, and cannonfire was the stuff of romance and fable, not fact. He became at various times a symbol of the Union, courage, ferocity, power and victory before his stuffed remains were incinerated in the Capitol fire of 1904. For more on Old Abe, consult Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in on April 23, 2004
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