8th Wisconsin Memorial "Old Abe" - Fredricktown, Mo.
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N 37° 33.558 W 090° 17.655
15S E 738995 N 4160361
Quick Description: This memorial is located on the Southeast corner of the Madison County Courthouse - #1 Courthouse Square in Fredericktown, Mo.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 9/25/2011 11:39:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMCNM4
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
This Memorial honors the 8th Wisconsin and the battles they fought throughout the western campaign. A metal Bald Eagle is perched with its wings extended on a metal perch. The Battle of Fredericktown was the first battle that the 8th Wisconsin participated in. The text of the marker reads:

"Old Abe"
War Eagle Trail

The piercing scream of the Bald Eagle mascot, "Old Abe", led the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry into 36 Battles during the Civil War against the Confederacy.

The Battle of Fredericktown, October 21, 1861, was the first battle on the War Eagle trail which passes through Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) adopted "Old Abe", the Wisconsin War Eagle, as its mascot upon the Division's activiation in August 1942. Since World War II these soldiers, nick-named the "Screaming Eagles", are recognized worldwide for their dedication, courage, and valor.
Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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Date Installed or Dedicated: Not listed

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