Old Abe, the War Eagle

Old Abe, the War Eagle (HM92V)

Location: Jim Falls, WI 54748 Chippewa County
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N 45° 3.529', W 91° 16.281'

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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.
HM NumberHM92V
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number14
Year Placed1954
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 3:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 636104 N 4990937
Decimal Degrees45.05881667, -91.27135000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 3.529', W 91° 16.281'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 3' 31.74" N, 91° 16' 16.86" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14981 WI-178 Trunk, Jim Falls WI 54748, US
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