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CDV - OLD ABE, Mascot of 8th WISCONSIN, Cannon

Old Abe, the American War Eagle, was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the Civil War. Old Abe was in thirty-nine battles during the Civil War including Fredericktown, and the Siege of Vicksburg. Old Abe was not just a mascot, but became a patriotic symbol for the entire nation.


Capt. John Wood Browne Jr. (1839-1864), abt 1862, probably Richmond, VA, initially enlisted April 1862 in New Orleans, Company A, 2nd Louisiana Regiment, became a captain, April 30, 1863 patient in General Hospital No. 108, wound to right leg tibia, July 1853 furlough home; 20 July 1864 killed by raiders under Gen. Rousseau.

James Lawson Kemper - Civil War Confederate Major General, Virginia Governor. At the start of the Civil War, he was a member of the Virginia State Legislature and helped organize Virginia troops for the Confederate forces. Rising through the ranks, he fought at Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and was promoted Brigadier General in June, 1862. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded, taken prisoner and prisoner exchanged in early 1864.