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    Old Abe: Three Cartes de Visite Featuring the Mascot of Co. "C," 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Captured in 1861 by Chief Sky of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe, Old Abe was sold to Daniel McCann for a bushel of corn. McCann in turn sold the eagle to a company of men who would become Co. "C," 8th Wisconsin, for $2.50. Captain John Perkins gave him the name Old Abe after President Abraham Lincoln. The "Yankee Buzzard," as the Confederates called him, was carried throughout the war. Old Abe saw thirty-seven battles with his unit and, after the war, became a resident in the Wisconsin Capitol until he died in 1881. Two replicas of Old Abe are on display in the state's Capitol.

    The first CDV, measuring 2.5" x 3.75", shows the eagle perched on the barrel of a cannon. Backstamp of Wisconsin photographer H.H. Bennett on the verso. A pen notation on the verso identifies the bird as "Old Abe." Minor tear of the image at the right edge; lower left corner damaged. All corners are clipped. The second, 4" x 2.5", shows eight uniformed and armed men, members of the Co. "C" color guard. Old Abe is seen perched at left. Bainbridge & Baker of Burlington, New Jersey, at the right edge of the mount. According to sources (which are conflicting), this photograph was either taken at Vicksburg in July 1863, shortly after the fall of the city, or at Corinth in 1862. The final image, 2.5" x 4", features an engraved portrait of Old Abe on his perch by Baker of Chicago.


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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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