Old Abe the War Eagle

Old Abe the War Eagle (HMX9Y)

Location: Jim Falls, WI 54748 Chippewa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 2.971', W 91° 16.409'

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In the Spring of 1861 a band of hungry Chippewa Indians came to the McCann farm just across the river from here and traded a young eagle for corn. The eagle became a family pet. When Company C, 8th Wisconsin was organized at Eau Claire for Civil War duty, the crippled Dan McCann offered his eagle's services as a mascot saying "someone from the family ought to go." On October 12, 1861 the eagle regiment headed for battle. In action Old Abe spread his wings and screamed encouragement to his men. Old Abe served in 42 battles and lost only a few feathers. After 3 years service Old Abe was formally presented to the State of Wisconsin on 26 September 1864 where a room was equipped for him in the Capitol in Madison. His last public appearance was at the National Encampment of the G.A.R. in Milwaukee where he and General U.S. Grant were honored guests. Old Abe died on 28 March 1881.

This plaque in memory of Jim Falls Lion
and friend Rolf Anderson
HM NumberHMX9Y
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed1990
Placed ByThe Jim Falls Lions Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 12:16am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 635958 N 4989901
Decimal Degrees45.04951667, -91.27348333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 2.971', W 91° 16.409'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 2' 58.26" N, 91° 16' 24.54" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19765 County Hwy S, Jim Falls WI 54748, US
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