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Eau Claire in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Abe of Co. C

8th Wis. Regt.

 
 
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By William J. Toman, June 11, 2011
1. Old Abe of Co. C Marker
Inscription. In the spring of 1861, an eaglet was found in a tree on the Flambeau River by Sky Chief, a Flambeau Indian who later sold him to Mrs. Dan McCann of Jim Falls for a sack of corn. In August, 1861, Dan McCann tried to sell the bird to a Civil War company forming at Chippewa Falls, but failing, carried it to Eau Claire where Captain John Perkins was organizing Company C. Capt. Perkins hesitated about enlisting such a strange volunteer, but accepted the new recruit from the Chippewa Valley after R.E. Wilson (for whom this park was named) argued, Nothing could be better chosen, not even the flag itself, to insure fame and success. S.M. Jefferson, a civilian, purchased the bird for two dollars and fifty cents and presented it to Co. C. The eagle was sworn into U.S. service and his first bearer, James McGinnes of Eau Claire, trained the eagle to ride on his perch beneath the Stars and Stripes and to obey various commands. Company C. left Eau Claire on Sept. 6, 1861, on the steamboat Stella Whipple for La Crosse and on to Madison by railroad. Old Abe was named in Madison in honor of his commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln. Company C became the Eagle Company and the Eighth Wisconsin Regiment became the Eagle Regiment. Old Abe was carried as a mascot through thirty-six battles or skirmishes of the Civil War. At Corinth, Mississippi, rebel General
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By William J. Toman, June 11, 2011
2. Old Abe of Co. C Statue
Price, knowing of the fame of Old Abe, realized his capture would electrify the South. He ordered his men to take him at any cost. I would rather capture Old Abe than a whole brigade. Old Abe was adored by his soldiers. In battle he was always able to locate his regiment and company. His enlistment ended Sept. 1864, after three years of service. At the close of the war career Old Abe was presented by the Eagle Company to the state of Wisconsin. A place was provided for him at the state capitol where he was viewed by thousands. In March 1881, a fire started in the state capitol and as a result of smoke inhalation Old Abe died a few days later.
 
Location. 44° 48.434′ N, 91° 29.719′ W. Marker is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in Eau Claire County. Marker is at the intersection of Emery Street and South Barstow Street, on the right when traveling east on Emery Street. Click for map. Located in Wilson Park. Marker is in this post office area: Eau Claire WI 54701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eau Claire County Courthouse Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Dean-Griffin House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Temple of Free Masonry (about 700 feet away); John S. Owen House
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By Keith L, June 10, 2011
3. Old Abe of Co. C Marker
(about 700 feet away); Christ Church Cathedral and Parish House (about 800 feet away); Schlegelmilch McDaniel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cobblestone House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roy Wilcox House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eau Claire.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Abe, Wisconsin's Civil War Eagle. More information from the Wisconsin Historical Society, including photos and links to additional articles. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Old Abe. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Old Abe of Co. C Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 11, 2011
4. Old Abe of Co. C Marker
Old Abe of Co. C Statue image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 11, 2011
5. Old Abe of Co. C Statue
The Marker is in Wilson Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 11, 2011
6. The Marker is in Wilson Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 495 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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