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Old Abe, Eagle Hero: The Civil War's Most Famous Mascot

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Old Abe, a spirited bald eagle with legend-inspiring powers, was the Civil Wars most famous mascot. This picture book account of Abes adventures brings the battlefield to life as readers join Company C of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers and experience Abes exploits during this defining time in our nations history.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published 1965)
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Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It was very interesting, but 1) it just....ended, almost in the middle of a thought, and 2) there was no "further information." There was a page about eagles in general, but no bibliography, no additional resources, no author's note of any kind.
Margo Tanenbaum
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Civil War regiments sometimes marched into battle with animal mascots; the most famous of these was a bald eagle dubbed "Old Abe" by the soldiers of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. This "biography" of Old Abe starts with his early days, when he was hand raised by an Indian village and then traded to a farmer named Dan McCann. The eagle became a family pet, and when McCann's neighbors marched off to fight in the Civil War, McCann, who couldn't fight himself because of a bad leg, sent the eagle off to ...more
Abby Johnson
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
An interesting and engaging true story about a bald eagle, raised by humans, that served as a mascot for a company of Wisconsin soldiers in the Civil War. It's accessible to kids and will add to units on the Civil War and the illustrations nicely invoke the time period, but a huge flaw is its lack of sources or an author's note.

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Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-non-fic
The idea of this books (eagle raised by Civil War troops) is much better than the execution.

Not a particular fan of the illustrations. Would be cooler (as other reviewers have pointed out) if sources might have been included. At least some sort of "For Further Reading" type list.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
The only copy I could find was from 1972?? Is this a reprint??
did some research and found out:
Author "did further research to expand and update the book" (an edition was published in 1965).

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