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“old Abe” The Battle Eagle
The (mostly) true legend of a Wisconsin outfit’s mascot who dodged shells, whined about the chow, and became an honored veteran, living a life of ease at state expense
October 1963 | Volume 14, Issue 6
His end came in 1881, when there was a minor fire in the capitol basement which produced great clouds of smoke. This bird who had breathed smoke on the battlefields got a little too much of it this time, and it suffocated him. He had had a twenty-year career, and there never was an American eagle like him … on the word of the 8th Wisconsin, veteran volunteers.