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Volume Listing > Volume 08 > The story of Old Abe

McLain, David "The story of Old Abe"

The Story of Old Abe: This is a memoir by one of the famous war eagle's handlers. The author interviewed the Ojibwe Indian who initially captured the bird, and tells of his own journey with it from Chippewa County to Camp Randall in Madison, and then through the war. He describes its behavior during battles at Farmington and Corinth, Mississippi, during the siege of Vicksburg, and other engagements, and provides firsthand details such as what the soldiers fed it, how it was tethered to its perch, and how it received its famous name. (7 pages)

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Citation: McLain, David "The story of Old Abe" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 08 /Issue: 4 (1924-1925)

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