"Old Abe," mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry

Pictures of Old Abe


"Old Abe" was the famous eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. Taken from its nest when only four months old, the eagle had been purchased and presented to the regiment, then preparing to go to the front. "Old Abe" was given a place next to the regiment flag where he remained for the next three years. The eagle died in 1881 and was stuffed and mounted for public display.


Related Topics: Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
The Iron Brigade, Old Abe and Military Affairs
Creator: Various
Pub Data: A gallery of images assembled by the Univ. or Wisconsin-Madison and published on its "Wisconsin Electronic Reader" Web site.
Citation: "Old Abe" (gallery of images) at the Univ. of Wisconsin's "Wisconsin Electronic Reader" Web site; Online facsimile at:  http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/WIReader/Galleries/Eagle.html; Visited on: 9/1/2014
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