This rusty metal draft drum determined the fate of potential Wisconsin draftees during the Civil War. During public ceremonies, the draft commissioner read selected names off small pieces of cardboard.
Riot ringleader Nicholas Fain was imprisoned at Camp Randall for months without a trial. In the famous court case that followed, Fain’s lawyer argued that he should not be held in a military prison.
This is no generic bird. Old Abe was a beloved Civil War mascot. He now stands guard in the state capitol.
Long after the death of the bird, the image of Old Abe lives on in military and commercial logos.
Not enough men in Ozaukee County volunteered to fight. On the day of the draft, tempers were running high and many were ready to oppose the draft with full force.
Newspapers around the country covered Old Abe’s escapades during the Civil War, making him one of the most famous wartime mascots.
The Wolf has a long and varied history, extending from the Civil War, to logging river drives, to environmental threats.