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Old Abe at the Wisconsin State Capitol (Third)

Old Abe at the Wisconsin State Capitol (Third) | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
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.
Image ID:7536
Creation Date:1875   ca.
Creator Name:Bennett, H. H. (Henry Hamilton), 1843-1908
Collection Name:Album 17 (The Civil War--Old Abe, Wisconsin Civil War Eagle))
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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.
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Civil War, 1861-1865
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