Old Abe the War Eagle

 Photographed September 26, 2014
Erected 1990 by the Jim Falls Lions Club
Jim Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin
45° 2.971′ N, 91° 16.409′ W
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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

Old Abe the War Eagle is located at a small park at the convergence of County Highway S and County Highway Y, Jim Falls, Wisconsin 54748.

NOTE: Old Abe is huge and impossible to miss.

NOTE: In all the markers throughout Wisconsin honoring Old Abe, the eagle is identified as male. In fact, Old Abe was female!

This article includes several Civil War battlefield photos of Old Abe

There are many Old Abe tributes throughout Wisconsin. Use the "Old Abe the War Eagle" label below to view those listed on this website.

These markers are also at this location:

Old Abe spreading her wings for her portrait.
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