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Near Jim Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Abe, the War Eagle

 
 
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By Keith L, October 22, 2011
1. Old Abe, the War Eagle Marker
Inscription. This wayside is part of the old McCann farm, childhood home of Old Abe, the War Eagle. In the Spring of 1861 a band of hungry Chippewa came to the McCann farm and traded a young eagle for corn. The eagle became a family pet. When Company C, Eighth Wisconsin was organized at Eau Claire for Civil War duty, the crippled Dan McCann offered his eagle’s services as mascot, feeling that “someone from the family ought to go.” On October 12, 1861, the Eagle Regiment started for the front. In action Old Abe spread his wings and screamed encouragement to his men. The louder the noise of battle, the louder and fiercer were his screams. The eagle served with the regiment in 42 skirmishes and battles and lost only a few feathers. After three years’ service, Old Abe was formally presented to the State of Wisconsin September 26, 1864. A room was equipped for him in the Capitol and a man employed to care for him. His last public appearance occurred at the National Encampment of the G. A. R. in Milwaukee in 1880, where he and General U. S. Grant were honored guests. After a brief illness, Old Abe died March 28, 1881.
 
Erected 1954 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
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By Keith L, October 14, 2008
2. Old Abe, the War Eagle Marker

 
Location. 45° 3.529′ N, 91° 16.281′ W. Marker is near Jim Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on State Highway 178 0.1 miles south of 150th Avenue/Barn Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14981 Highway 178, Jim Falls WI 54748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Abe the War Eagle (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Cobban Bridge (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bohemian National Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); Western Bohemian-Fraternal Association (approx. 6.3 miles away); Nation's First Cooperative Generating Station (approx. 6.8 miles away); Stanley's Mill (approx. 7.1 miles away); Cornell Women's Club Tablet (approx. 8.8 miles away); Saint Peter's Catholic Church (approx. 9 miles away).
 
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1. Old Abe the Civil War Eagle. "...a place was provided for him at the state capitol at Madison, where he was viewed by thousands. He was also taken to various parts of the United States, being in great demand all over. He attended national conventions, was taken to the great centennial at Philadelphia and other noted gatherings, where he was the center of attraction." (Submitted on November 30, 2008.)
Old Abe, the War Eagle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 14, 2008
3. Old Abe, the War Eagle Marker
 

2. Old Abe the War Eagle: Post-War. "A small fire broke out in the basement of the Capitol in February 1881 and, after Old Abe raised an alarm, the fire was put out quickly. However, the eagle inhaled a large amount of thick black smoke... Old Abe died in the arms of his final caretaker, George Gilles." "Old Abe’s remains and glass case were destroyed in a 1904 fire that also razed the entire Capitol building" (Submitted on November 30, 2008.) 
 
Categories. AnimalsWar, US Civil
 
Marker at Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 22, 2011
4. Marker at Wayside
Marker at Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 14, 2008
5. Marker at Wayside
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,783 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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