OLD ABE


| January/February 1984



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'OLD ABE'

Dr. C. A. Pinkenburg of 254 West First, Hoisington, Kansas 67544 wrote to say that he enjoyed reading his father-in-law's, J. F. Komarek's copies of Iron-Men Album. Dr. Pinkenburg sent us a copy of the following story which seems to have come from a 1915 catalog, and tells the story of the company's famous eagle.

Old Abe, the famous war eagle of Wisconsin, was captured by Chief Sky, a Chippewa Indian, son and successor of Thunder of Bees, during sugar-making time in 1861 on the Flambeau river.

While on the road, the young Chief sold his precious bird to Daniel McCann of Evil Point, for a bushel of corn. An old veteran with a bias for oratory thus describes the transaction: 'And for this paltry sum was a noble bird sold from freedom to captivity; from barbarism to civilization; from the murmer of the pines to the crash of battles; from obscurity to fame.'

Daniel McCann carried the eagle to Eau Claire and offered the eagle, now full grown and handsome, to what subsequently became Company 'C' of the Eighth, or Eagle Regiment.

The eagle was christened Old Abe in honor of the man on whom were centered the hearts and minds of all the people.