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Old Abe at the GAR Museum

Old Abe at the GAR Museum | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
"Old Abe," the famous eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, on exhibit in the G.A.R. Museum in the third Wisconsin State Capitol. This photograph was taken only a few weeks before the disastrous fire of February 26-27, 1904 which destroyed Old Abe as well as most of the Capitol building. Contrary to popular myth, Old Abe did not die in the fire. The eagle died in 1881, but was stuffed and mounted for public display. It was this stuffed bird that was destroyed.
DESCRIPTION
"Old Abe," the famous eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, on exhibit in the G.A.R. Museum in the third Wisconsin State Capitol. This photograph was taken only a few weeks before the disastrous fire of February 26-27, 1904 which destroyed Old Abe as well as most of the Capitol building. Contrary to popular myth, Old Abe did not die in the fire. The eagle died in 1881, but was stuffed and mounted for public display. It was this stuffed bird that was destroyed.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23198
Creation Date: 1904
Creator Name:Wilkowski, R. T.
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Album 17 (The Civil War--Old Abe, Wisconsin Civil War Eagle)
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 17.53b
Original Dimensions:3.5 x 3.25 inches
SUBJECTS
Taxidermy
Museums
Wisconsin State Capitol
Civil War, 1861-1865
Indoor photography
Mascots
Birds
Grand Army of the Republic

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