A display case in a small museum in the capitol building held the taxidermic body of Old Abe. On a bitterly cold night in February 1904, it burned.
In the decades after the Civil War, Old Abe toured around the country, entertaining veterans and evoking pride in the Republican Party.
This is no generic bird. Old Abe was a beloved Civil War mascot. He now stands guard in the state capitol.
Newspapers around the country covered Old Abe’s escapades during the Civil War, making him one of the most famous wartime mascots.