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Old Abe the War Eagle

What primary sources do you see in the display?

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.
Sheet Music, Old Abe the Battle Eagle
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

Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas: Using Primary Sources 


Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! the prisoner's hope. Sheet music. America Singing, Nineteenth Century Song Sheets

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!  Musicians from Wisconsin’s First Brigade Band   brought 150 year-old Civil War brass instruments, a drum, stories, and songs to the Winona County History Center and made the Civil War come alive at an August program.  We heard the sounds and stories of brass instruments representing over 200 in a collection at  a Watertown, Wisconsin museum.  A coffin case lined with butternut denim was used to store one instrument; another was saved from theft when a Union soldier wrapped it in his bedroll as he was taken prisoner.  The musicians sang songs such as  “America,” “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp ” and  “Hamilton’s Badger Boys,” a song whose appearance coincided with the Battle of Bull Run.

President Lincoln greeted the audience;  a local Civil War expert read letters from Winona residents including Charley Goddard who served in Minnesota’s Company K and fought at the Battle of Gettysburg  (Goddard is the central character in Gary Paulsen’s young adult novel A Soldier’s Heart.)  The program ended with the arrival of pork and bean cake and hardtack.

Charles Goddard, Winona. Minnesota Company K.

Music from two Library of Congress collections,  Civil War Band Music  and Nineteenth Century Song Sheets can help you help your students connect with the Civil War.  Learn  how to find and use music, letters, photos, maps and stories to develop engaging, critical thinking activities!

Teaching with Primary Sources, an online class for teachers of all content areas and students of all ages
begins the end of September.
Register Online: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.cfm
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