Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Wisconsin's Civil War Eagle Grouping. Company "C" of the hard-fighting 8th Wisconsin Infantry adopted an eagle fledgling at the beginning of the Civil War. Appropriately named "Old Abe", their mascot had a portable roost that accompanied the regimental color guard. Theirs was indeed a "war eagle" as it flew above the troops during thirty-six engagements over a three-year period. "Old Abe" retired to the Wisconsin State Capitol in September, 1864 and lived until 1881. This lot of memorabilia reflects the celebrity and hero's status enjoyed by the feathered veteran. Included are the following items: Cabinet card, "The Centennial Photograph of 'Old Abe', the Live Wisconsin War Eagle". Abe, looking every inch the American warrior, sits upon his roost in this image sold at the Centennial Exposition in 1876. Some stains and pencil notations on verso, small water stain and minor chipping on front; Booklet, "Old Abe!" The Live War-Eagle of Wisconsin", by J.O Barrett (Madison, Atwood & Culver, 1876), sixth edition, 128 pages, 12 mo, paper wrap on front. This publication was sold with the cabinet card image. Cover soiled, first few pages creased. Good condition overall; Booklet, "Abe the War Eagle", (Lynn, Massachusetts, C. P. Nelson, 1903), 32 pages, 16mo, red card wraps. Dedicated to veterans, this booklet has two fine plates showing Abe in action. Light wear to cover, else fine condition.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 576

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 February 16 Americana & Political - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $615,551