Old Abe the Battle Eagle; Discovering Civil War Music
Posted March 2, 2012on:
A while ago I joined students on a field trip to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota. We enjoyed a presentation featuring live eagles and learned about conversation and the eagle as our national symbol. Old Abe, the Wisconsin War Eagle is the subject of a special display. The field trip was ideal for a short follow-up activity to learn more about the mascot of the Wisconsin 8th regiment. Abe perched atop a staff during battles. After the war Abe lived in the Capitol Basement; he later died from lingering injuries he suffered in a Capitol fire. Abe’s taxidermied body burned in another fire. Students learned how Abe was honored in
Old Abe the battle eagle song & chorus poetry and identified states a Historic Eagle Map of the United States.
It was a great teaching moment in the media center!
Civil War era music is easy to find in American Memory Collections. Start with:
Civil War Band Music
Nineteenth Century Song Sheets
Historic American Sheet Music, 1850 – 1920
African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Learn how to use and other Civil War era resources to develop engaging, critical thinking activities for students