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Fredericktown in Madison County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

War Eagle Trail

“Old Abe”

 
 
War Eagle Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
1. War Eagle Trail Marker
Inscription. The piercing scream of a Bald Eagle mascot, “Old Abe,” led the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry into 36 battles during the Civil War, against the Confederacy.

The Battle of Fredericktown, October 21, 1861, was the first battle on the War Eagle Trail, which passes through Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) adopted “Old Abe,” the Wisconsin War Eagle, as its mascot upon the division’s activation in August 1942. Since World War II these soldiers, nick-named the “Screaming Eagles,” area recognized worldwide for their dedication, courage and valor.
 
Location. 37° 33.577′ N, 90° 17.66′ W. Marker is in Fredericktown, Missouri, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Square and East Main Street (County Route Z), on the left when traveling north on Court Square. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Madison County Courthouse grounds, near the southeast corner of the courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Court Square, Fredericktown MO 63645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry F. Frizzell Memorial (here, next to this marker); Madison County Missouri
War Eagle Trail Marker (<i>tall view; "Old Abe" sculpture at top of pole</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
2. War Eagle Trail Marker (tall view; "Old Abe" sculpture at top of pole)
(a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary War 1775-1783 (a few steps from this marker); Madison County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Fredericktown (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Post Office Fredericktown, Missouri (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted waist-high on a pole, and accompanied by a metal sculpture of a bald eagle in flight overhead.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Old Abe". Old Abe (May 27, 1861 – March 26, 1881), a bald eagle, was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War. Later, his image was adopted as the screaming eagle on the insignia of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. (Submitted on July 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Battle of Fredericktown. The Battle of Fredericktown was an engagement of the American Civil War. It took place on October 21, 1861, in Madison County, Missouri. Union victory consolidated their control of southeastern Missouri. (Submitted on July 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. 101st Airborne Division
War Eagle Trail Marker (<i>wide view; southeast corner Madison County Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
3. War Eagle Trail Marker (wide view; southeast corner Madison County Courthouse in background)
. The 101st Airborne Division has a history that is nearly a century long. During World War II, it was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord (the D-Day landings and airborne landings on 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France), Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands and its action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium. During the Vietnam War, the 101st Airborne Division fought in several major campaigns and battles, including the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969. (Submitted on July 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, US CivilWar, World II
 
Madison County Courthouse (<i>"Old Abe" sculpture & marker visible at right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
4. Madison County Courthouse ("Old Abe" sculpture & marker visible at right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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