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    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.

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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